London, South Kensington
25 May 2006
A SOLID HALF-BASKET HILT ROYAL NAVY OFFICER'S SWORD
the 24in. pipe-back blade etched with Royal cypher and signed PROSSER MAKER TO THE KING & ROYAL FAMILY LONDON, fish skin grip and lion's head pommel with half mane (lacking scabbard)
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May & Annis: Swords for Sea Service, HMSO, 1970, vol 1, page 48; vol 2, page 300, plate 41.
This example appears to match two discussed in May & Annis which date between 1827 and 1832. John Prosser is recorded as working between 1797 and 1853 from 9 Charing Cross.
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