Model 1883 Japanese Naval Officer Sword
A model 1883 Japanese Naval officer sword. The overall length in the scabbard is approximately 34 1/2 inches, with a blade length of approximately 25 3/4 inches. The blade is generally bright with a false temper line and without nicks or active rust. The leather washer is in place at the top of the sword. The leather scabbard has scuffs and wear, and the gilt on the scabbard fittings and on the sword handle, guard, and back strap is worn away to the base. The ray skin grip is intact, as is its wire wrapping. The reverse of the sword guard folds down and locks in place. The sword retains a partial sword knot. There is a gilt button attached by a short chain to the handle of the sword.