Stock Ref: AST 1828

A very good example of post 1901, probably WW1 rarer naval Warrant Officers sword.

80cm (31.5”) heavy slightly curved single fullered blade with flat back and spear point. The blade is single edged except for the last 10”. The blade is etched on one side with the crowned royal coat of arms, scrolling foliage designs, and the makers name, on the reverse a crowned fouled anchor, scrolling foliage and a brass proof disc.

Solid brass gothic style hilt with cartouche containing a crowned fouled anchor. Folding inner guard. Brass back piece with stepped pommel and circular flattened tang button. Dark fish skin grip with copper/brass wire. Gold and blue sword knot.

Maker: J Freideberg, Queen Street, Portsea (Traded from this address between 1863 – 1917)

Dated: 1901 – 1917

Black leather scabbard with brass fittings and two loose rings.

The sword and scabbard are in very good condition for their age and service use. The blade is free from rust and has minimal staining. There are no knicks . The etchings remain very clear. The hilt is intact and firm on the tang. The fish skin grip has wear and staining commensurate with service use. The sword knot is stained. The scabbard is as new. The seam is good.

At some point a set of initials (W M S ?) have been etched on the back of the blade and on the face in what appears to be a gothic script- these could be polished out if necessary.

The Royal Navy Warrant Officers sword differs from the Officers sword in having a plain pommel and back piece as opposed to a lions head and mane, and also has a dark fish skin grip instead of a white grip.

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