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This Francis Thurkle-made British Napoleonic naval officer's fighting sword dates ca.1795-1800 and is mounted with a 30" long double-edged blade, which is peppered with pitting though out, as a result of salt water penetration. Similarly pitted pistols barrels and cutlass blades are a sure sign of being stored in humid salty environment. Marked with Thurkle's tell-tale FT cartouche on the underside of the massive hilt, with a "white bone" grip, which has a split in the front, that doesn't go through and through. Blade was covered by lacquer at one time, to preserve it from deterioration. Lacquer can be removed, or left as is. Lanyard ring is part of the flat pommel. For a near identical Francis Thurkle-made naval officer's sword hilt, refer to the sword of the Royal Navy captain Philip Broke's of the Chesapeake vs. Shannon fame, now in the Sim Comfort collection.