George 5th British Infantry Officer's Sword
by Thurkle / Gaunt (sold)
A good 1897 pattern World War 1 era sword made by J R Gaunt &
Sons Ltd (Late Edward Thurkle) London & Birmingham.
J R Gaunt / Edward Thurkle are one of if not the finest sword makers
of the era; they are not such a common make as other premium makers
such as Wilkinson's, so Gaunt swords normally command a deserved
premium. This particular sword is in well above average condition
and is unusual in that the grip is leather, not fishskin; almost
certainly at the request of the officer who once owned it.
Lovely 33 inch blade with superb etching, some spotting and patina
here. The nickel plated hilt has some tiny spots and wear marks.
The black leather grip in good order with the twisted wire grip
bindings all present and correct. The original leather knot (acorn
missing) is in fair condition, the leather field service scabbard
in good order; sword sheathes well. Good value at £300. Further
/ full sized images upon request. My item reference number is 828