This is a rare sword indeed! The Honourable East India Company [HEIC] navy officer's five-ball spadroon-bladed sword that I would date ca.1795-1805. Central medallion on the grip is nicely engraved with the HEIC symbol, the Rampant Lion, this one is sans the crown in his paws. The side loop on the cross-guard was period-removed, a alteration not infrequently seen, most probably to prevent it from getting snugged on things aboard ship when the sword was worn by the officer, as well as tearing into uniform. Blade is 32"/82 cm long, decorated with various scrolls, talismanic symbols, strand of arms, and, most importantly, a female figure resting on an anchor, either Britannia or a representation of female Genius of Victory on high seas. Interestingly, blade was period silver-plated, with much of plating now worn. I have seen this on two other naval officers swords, undoubtedly an extra cost to the officer to prevent blade from rusting in the salty air environment. Sword hilt is loose, and its a miracle that the sword has survived at all, being a working implement of daily use by the East India Company naval officer 200 years ago.