Unfortunately the owner of this sword and its sheath has no information about its age or country of origin, but hopefully there's enough to see from the photos on the right for you to recognise who uses the symbol we've reproduced on the left.
Click on any of the photos to enlarge, and you'll see on the second photo, the pommel at the top of the hilt is shaped as a helmet. Does this give a clue to the sword's origin?
Moving down the hilt, we see on the grip a Voided Cross, where we assume a metal inlay has been removed.
The guard consists of a crossbar with the initials "S W M"; which mean what?
An outline of a shield is at the throat of the sheath, beneath which is an engraved crown. If the piece has a military connection, the crown is more like the Swedish coronet than the British arched crown. It is also similar to those seen on Masonic regalia.
Then we come down to the main part of this puzzle; an anchor overlaying a cross.
We have been told a similar symbol has been seen on a Victorian button and may be a rebus for
"The Cross is my Anchor",
which is a very plausible explanation.
The portate angle of the cross is quite a common Freemason symbol, as is the anchor, but this is the first time we've seen an anchor overlaying a cross. (A similar arrangement is sometimes seen with a heart, the three elements representing faith, hope and love.)
And finally, on the chape (pointed tip of the sheath) is a face.
Is it just our imagination, or is the face mocking us, saying "I know where all the above has come from. Do you?"
If you can identify the sword and/or the symbol, please email us with your thoughts.