Dress Sword HMS Argent 1795

#1
My father, who passed away last year was a Commander Fleet Air Arm and had a dress sword engraved: Captain Robert Manners Sutton, HMS Ardent 1795. I am very happy to have this hanging on the wall but feel obliged, on behalf of the family to ascertain what its monetary value might be. Scabbard, belt and clasps. Dad would have thought this enquiry prudent. Any help would be most appreciated.
 
#4
Barnacle

This sword is going to have more than one value. It will have a value for insurance purposes and a different value at auction.

It might be worthwhile asking an auction house which holds regular sales of such items for an approximate valuation.
 

barny006

Lantern Swinger
#5
Does the chap by the Victory who buys and sells military stuff still exist ,it might be worth giving him a ring to get ball park figure (seen him on Flogit/ antiques roadshow.
 
#6
Bit of history for you:-

HMS Ardent at the Battle of Camperdown. (1797)

Ardent was a converted East Indiaman and was in the thick of the fighting and took 98 cannon shots in her hull alone. The ship also had the highest number of casualties of any British ship - 41 men killed including the Captain and 107 injured.
 
#10
I took a closer look at the date with a hand lens. What I thought was a 5 is actually a 3, i.e. 1793, which might fit better with the chronology.
Thank you.
 
#11
Did you get a valuation? Should you wish to sell I may be interested. Capt. Robert Manners Sutton was the older brother of my great grandfather's grandfather, Archbishop Charles Manners Sutton, so there is a family interest.

William Manners Sutton
 
#12
Did you get a valuation? Should you wish to sell I may be interested. Capt. Robert Manners Sutton was the older brother of my great grandfather's grandfather, Archbishop Charles Manners Sutton, so there is a family interest.

William Manners Sutton
It has been nearly two years since that post. If you get no reply I would try contacting @Barnacle1 via the private message system.
 
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