British Hon. East India Company Naval Officer's Sword, Bombay Marine Pre-1859
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British Hon. East India Company Naval Officer's Sword, Bombay Marine Pre-1859:
This is a beautiful Model 1827 Sword of the Naval Service of the Honourable East India Company, also known as the "Bombay marine." Arguable the most forward-thinking Naval service in the world, the shipyards of the Company built some of the finest and most enduring wooden ships in the world- several of which are still afloat!
DESCRIPTION: The sword is the early type Model 1827, with the pipe backed blade that was usually superseded by the "Wilkinson" type flat or rounded back blade beginning in 1845. This sword not only has the earlier pipe-backed blade, but has the massive spear point that the handsomest of these swords carried. It is double edged for the 10 1/2 inches from the point! The hilt is very handsome. It has a large seal of the Honourable East India Company over a rampant lion in the cartouche in the guard. The grip is excellent, showing a little wear, but not much. The rayskin is 100% intact, as is the triple wire wrap. The backstrap of the grip is faceted, which also suggests an earlier sword. The hilt also has the small ring on the guard for the sword knot, as opposed to the cut-out slot. Again, this is an earlier feature. The reverse folding guard is present and functional. The sword has the crest and the coat of arms of the HEIC etched on the blade on one side, and the crest over a very large anchor on the other side. No maker's name is visible. The sword is 34 3/4 inches long. The blade is 29 3/4 inches long.
CONDITION: The sword is in very good to excellent condition. The hilt is excellent, and the blade, although there is some ligh staining, has no pitting. The etching is quite clear, and very handsome. The sword is straight, and perfectly tight. There is no scabbard.
The East India Company's military and naval forces were taken over by the crown, beginning in 1830. I am not sure when the HEIC crest was replaced on the swords, but it was certainly prior to 1859.
This is a rare and very fine sword. It is one of my favorite pieces, in part because of its history, but alo sbecause it is superbly balanced, wickedly fast, and with a beautiful but entirely functional guard.
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