George VI / WW2 British Royal Indian Navy
Officer's Sword, for sale
In very good overall condition, a very rare George VI / WW2 British
Royal Indian Navy Officer's Sword.
The sword has lost the "R I M" part of its badge (only
the 5 point star remains), so it is post 1934 (The Royal Indian
Marine became the Royal Indian Navy in that year) and has a "GRI"
cypher to the blade (British naval swords prior to George VI had
the British Royal Coat of Arms), so it is post 11th December 1936).
The Royal Indian Navy was tiny at the outbreak of WW2, and native
Indian officers would most likely have sourced any swords from a
cutler in India (this sword is etched to "Gieves Portsmouth
London Edinburgh"), so very few British made swords were bought
by officers. A rare, rare sword.
The 31 inch blade has small spots / patches or rust (we have treated
it) but is generally good, the superb etching still clear (Wilkinson
made the swords for Gieves), and firm in the hilt. The hilt retains
a lot of its gilt. The white fishskin grip and twisted grip wire
bindings are very good. The folding guard works but could use some
oil. The original sword knot is very good. The scabbard with some
age, the bottom fixing loose (can just glue it - this is what they
did making them anyway). The sword sheathes and draws well. The
folding guard section locates well onto the retaining pin of the
scabbard. The leather all weather bag has splits, small holes, wear
and age, but is sound; there appears to have been a name written
in black ink on the cover hood, but this has all but gone. Includes
This is such a rare sword, we do not know just how to value it,
but we truly believe that we have really under priced it, as we
doubt you will ever find another. Get it quick; £1000. Please
quote item reference number AB85. Further / full sized pictures
available upon request. Box 0133-1.18 (2.718).