An Early Royal Naval Officers Sword, Circa 1795. With curved singled edged blade, double edged towards the point, cut with a long narrow fuller on both sides, stamped ‘OSBORN’ on the back edge, brass stirrup guard, ribbed ivory grip with cushion pommel. Brass mounted leather scabbard, the locket is engraved with the suppliers name ‘DUDLEY GRAND PARADE PORTSMOUTH’ and obverse is engraved with an anchor entwined by a dolphin.
Interestingly the sword was supplied by Dudley, Grand Parade, Portsmouth, a sword cutler, silversmith and jeweller who operated from these premises between 1790 and 1804. However, the blade is engraved Osborn on the back flat. This is almost certainly Henry Osborn (later Osborne) who operated from c1765 at Brookhouse, Birmingham. Osborn was a gun maker, hilt maker, sword and dirk cutler, silversmith and accoutrement maker. The name variation appears to have happened post 1785, so the blade may have been earlier.