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This is an exceptional deluxe quality imperial naval officers sword and is certainly the finest example i have ever offered for sale in over 30 years. The lions head hilt still retains almost all original gilt finish, the lions head eyes are red and green glass, the detail to the hilt is exceptional, the folding guard features the crowned fouled anchor.The fine quality ivory grip is in near mint condition. The Damascus blade is really a work of art, it is the water pattern, the blade has long panels on the obverse and reverse sides, the panels are blue and gilt with much of the original finish remaining, it features long foliage panels depicting war ships, crowned anchor, crossed sword and telescope and other naval symbols, the spine of the blade is engraved, I.ROBRECHT HOFLIEFERERANT BERLIN, which was a military tailor who also supplied edged weapons to there customers, the quality, condition and etching to the blade is exceptional. The matching scabbard is also exceptional and is a deluxe high cost example, all 3 gilt scabbard mounts are highly decorated with oakleaves as decoration, the upper mount is very unusual as it is also decorated with an Imperial crowned fouled anchor, it is interesting to note that the fittings are held in place by small screws to each fitting rather than the standard method which is by staples, the black leather shell is in fine condition. Complete with original imperial naval sword knot. A superb sword for the collector who wants the very best. [Condition: Near Mint]