Victorian Royal Naval Reserve officer’s sword and scabbard


The sword, in generally very good condition, is of the same pattern as the standard Royal Navy officer’s sword but differs in the fact that the device of crowned fouled anchor in the solid half basket hilt incorporates the additional letters R.N.R and the same lettering appears on the etched blade between crown and anchor. The 31 inch Wilkinson type  blade has the usual long single fuller and terminates in a spear point. It is etched with the Victorian RNR device and at the ricasso with the name of the sword cutler J J RAYNER & Sons LIVERPOOL. [rather faint and difficult to see in the photograph]. The sword retains all the metal binding round the fish skin of the hilt which is cast with the lion pommel having short main and a chequered thumb grip below. It retains its blue and gilt sword knot and the folding flap pierced for fixing to the locket. The scabbard leather is sound and it retains all fittings with a chape of the 7½ inch type

The RNR sword is very much scarcer than the standard RN pattern. The Reserve was created in 1859.

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