A SWORD belonging to one of Britain's historical naval heroes is up for sale with a price tag of £50,000.

Lord Nelson’s fighting sword is being offered for sale by a Hampshire-based antique dealer.

With a price tag of £50,000 it is being sold by maritime expert Charles Wallrock, of Wick Antiques in Lymington.

Horatio, third Earl Nelson died a heroic death at the Battle of Trafalgar in1805.

However, prior to his death he gave the 24-inch blade to his relative, William Maurice Suckling.

It was then passed down through the family and was ultimately bought by Charles Wallrock.

The sword is believed to have once belonged to Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Jacobite leader who tried to claim to the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland.

Charles said: “There is no doubt that this was Nelson’s sword – he may well have used it in action against the French.

“The curved steel blade is just short of 24 inches and dates from the 17th century. It is mounted into a later silver hilt, hallmarked ‘Nixon’, London 1752.

“That the fairly ordinary blade was remounted in silver by Nixon certainly suggests it was deemed important.

“It retains its leather scabbard and has now been mounted in a display cabinet befitting its importance."

The sword will be up for sale at Chelsea Antiques Fair which is taking place at Chelsea Old Town Hall, from September 21 to 26.