George V Royal Naval Officer's Wilkinson
In fair condition, the George V Royal Naval Officer's Wilkinson
Sword of Capt. A. G. Lilley, R.N.
Capt. A. G. Lilley, R.N. had a history with Australia (see press
clippings further below). Serial number 56718 for 1919, this sword
was made by Wilkinson and retailed through Gieves, the famous naval
outfitter of Portsmouth, other Royal Navy port towns and London.
The 31 3/4 inch slender dress weight (piquet) blade has a couple
of smaller but quite deep inert rust patches, otherwise aged but
good and firm in the hilt. The hilt with tarnish but overall good.
The fishskin grip is good, some tarnish to and lesser strand loss
to the twisted grip wire bindings. Sword knot is grubby but sound,
a small section missing. The leather of the scabbard has a break
/ kink that has been taped (section is floppy) and another not so
bad link. The folding guard section locates well onto the top scabbard
locket securing pin. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Plenty of Australian connection and research potential. Yours for
£? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference AE33
(0791). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.