A Very Fine & Rare Blue & Gilt 1805 Naval Flag Officers Dress Sword.
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34” overall, 29” small sword with triangular Colichemarde blade decorated with stands of arms, foliate sprays and the figure of Neptune, all highlighted in gilt on a blued ground. Gilt hilt, the langets decorated with crowned fouled anchors, the angular D-shaped knuckle guard decorated with acanthus leaves and flowers, the pommel in the form of a recumbent lion. Back strap engraved with a serpent and laurel leaves, wire bound grip. Contained in its original gilt mounted leather scabbard, the upper mount engraved with foliage and a hippocamp, maker's panel ‘Dudley Grand Parade Portsmouth’, the lower mounts engraved with foliage. Weight in Scabbard 475 Grams and sword weight 380 Grams.
Dudley was trading at The Grand Parade 1790-1805 79 High Street 1805-1887
A very rare recumbent lion pommelled sword, only a very small number of this design are known, two such are the swords of Sir Sidney Smith and Admiral of the Fleet Sir Provo Wallis. This is as far as I can discover the only example with a small sword style blade.
See Naval Swords and Dirks by Sim Comfort Vol II pages 292-97 and Swords for Sea Service vol II plate 37 for the sword of Captain Sir John Woolmore.