This parade condition British EIIR Royal Navy officer’s sword was made by Firmin & Son of London. Firmin, founded in 1655, is the oldest British military outfitter and sword maker still in business today.
The 794mm single-edged blade has a narrow fuller below a flat spine that tapers to a double-edged spear point. The blade is etched with rope fouled oak boughs surrounding a rayed crown and the royal cypher of the late Queen Elizabeth II. The obverse of the blade bears the Royal Navy fouled anchor motif below a rayed crown, between fouled oak leaves and acorns.
The etching is crisp and clear. The blade is in near mint condition and, given a polish, parade ready.
The ricasso bears the Firmin logo, a caged lion above the name, FIRMIN and the legend, “Established 1655.” The obverse ricasso bears Firmin’s etched proof mark.
The solid half-basket guard is plated with 24 carat gold and is in excellent condition. The bowl of the guard bears the Georgian crown and fouled anchor of the Royal Navy. The inner folding guard is in perfect working order and mates with the pin on the scabbard.
The mane of the highly detailed lion head pommel forms the back strap and the “D” guard extends from below the lion’s chin. The twisted copper wire wrap is present and correct. The blade is firm in the hilt.
The sword is complete with its black leather scabbard with 24 carat gold plated mounts. The scabbard is in excellent condition with a slight crease towards the chape, caused by the careless drawing of the sword. The sword sheaths and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This Queen Elizabeth II Royal Navy officer’s sword is in parade ready condition and would be a great sword for a serving officer. Bought new from Firmin, these swords retail for £1,200.
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