WW1 / George 5th Era British Royal Naval
Officer's Sword (Sold)
Almost certainly mid to late WW1, British Royal Navy officer's
sword in very good condition.
This is either Edward 7th, George 5th or George 6th but, given
the lack of a maker's name to the blade, a generic proof mark and
etching type, I believe this has to be a sword made 1915 to 1918
during World War one during the reign of King George V.
In very good shape compared with many especially naval WW1 swords
I see; very little in the way of rust spots to the blade. Although
there is no maker's mark, most likely as a result of being bought
through a retailer or cutler such as Gieves who used blades from
manufacturers like Wilkinson, not even the cutler's / retailer's
name as you would normally find, no doubt during the time of greatest
need for speed and efficiency and numbers over tradition and the
The 31 1/2 inch blade is in good order, some rust patination, and
is firm in the hilt. The hilt in good condition with some blue oxidation
which can be carefully removed if you have the time. The fishskin
grip and the wire bindings (twisted grip wire) are in good order.
The folding guard works fine. The scabbard is equally in good order
though the top fitting is loose (can be glued if required).
Further / full sized pictures available upon request. My item reference
number is 456.