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George V Coldstream Guards Officer's Sword, Sold

In fairly good overall condition (period damage to hilt / guard), a George V Coldstream Guards Officer's Wilkinson Sword with period label for "Maj G A Thesiger, 44 Chelsea Park Gardens, London SW3". The Hon. Sir Gerald Alfred Thesiger MBE was a British High Court Judge, Mayor of Chelsea from 1944 to 1946, son of Major-General George Handcock Thesiger.

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Maj G A Thesiger was a Judge Advocate General on loan (Extra Regimental Employment) to the JAGs from the Coldstream Guards during WW2. The sword has the serial number 44464 (one of the range of lost serial numbers, so no Wilkinson Sword records remain of the buyer) for 1914, so we do not know who the original officer was that owned it, and with that whether he was a relative of the Thesiger family or if Gerald Alfred Thesiger simply bought it second hand when he entered service in World War Two. It appears he was made an officer of the Coldstream Guards through family connection and had to belong to a regiment while acting as a defense / prosecuting council or judge during British army court martials. So this sword has a double history, one during WW1, and another with a completely different officer in WW2.

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The piquet (light) weight 32 7/16 inch blade with pre-WW1 battle honours is in fairly good condition, with patina in many places. Blade firm in the hilt; the guard with patina / rust spots. The grip in fairly good condition. The leather field scabbard aged and damaged towards the chape; the scabbard looks large for the blade but the sword does sheath and draw well, so that may simply have been as designed.

Who knows what court martial sentences this sword witnessed during WW2! An unusual bit of history for only £? (too late, now sold) . Please quote item reference AA32 (0018). Further / full sized images upon request.

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