A Georgian naval officer’s sword
Naval Items, Military Swords
A Georgian naval officer’s sword by John Salter. The regulation pipe back blade is etched “SALTER Sword Cutler to H.R.H. The Duke of Sufsex” (a little faint) together with the crowned Royal Arms (1801-1816), a crowned fouled anchor, and “WARRANTED” within a banner. The regulation hilt of gilt brass retains most of its original gilding, with lion’s head pommel, a crowned fouled anchor in the guard, and a folding sideguard. The white sharkskin covered grip is bound with twisted copper wire. Contained in its leather scabbard with brass mounts which retain some of their original gilding, the locket with its frog hook, and with maker’s details embossed upon a scroll.
Blade length 31½” (80cms) Overall length 36¾” (93.5cms)
John Salter moved to 73 Strand in 1823. For an account of his career see L. Southwick “London Silver Hilted Swords” Leeds 2001 pp 215-216.