Stock Ref: AST 1994

A highly unusual and rare Customs or Revenue Officers sword of an undocumented pattern.

71cm (28") plain pipeback blade with a quill point. The blade is single edged except for the last 7” and has been sharpened.

Brass gothic style hilt with an oval cartouche containing a large crown. Inner folding guard. Acanthus decorated brass back piece, stepped pommel with flattened oval tang button. Fishskin grip, probably originally white, with copper brass wire bindings.

Maker: Not known

Dated: 1822 – 1845 

Black leather scabbard with brass fittings and two loose rings.

The sword and scabbard are in very good condition for their age, although at some point the blade tip has been broken off and re-brazed on, which in itself suggests that this sword was worth repairing and keeping. The blade is free from rust and only has minor staining. The hilt is in good condition and the grip has wear commensurate with long service use. The scabbard and fittings are in very good condition.

This sword is of an unknown pattern, but the presence of a Crown on the guard and the white fish skin grip suggests that it may have had a maritime background and it was probably linked to the Customs or Revenue or some other Naval organisation. It was apparently last seen in May 2009 when it was sold at Auction to an unknown bidder. Further research into this very interesting sword is required.

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