Model 1883 Japanese Naval Officer Sword
A model 1883 Japanese Naval officer sword. The overall length in the scabbard is approximately 32 1/2 inches, with a blade length of approximately 25 1/2 inches. The blade is generally bright with a false temper line and without nicks or active rust, although there are spots where the plating of the blade has lifted, exposing the base metal beneath. The scabbard is ray skin and it has some relatively minor scuffs and signs of wear, and the gilt on the scabbard fittings and on the sword handle, guard, and back strap is, for the most part, 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.