WW2 British Royal Naval Officer's Sword,
Named Officer (sold)
In good to very good condition, a WW2 era British Naval Officer's
sword, named officer, Stanley Gordon Rivers-Smith.
A very nice RN levee (dress weight) officer's sword made by Moseley
and Pounsford 32 The Hard Portsmouth, almost certainly in 1930,
when Midshipman Stanley Gordon Rivers-Smith made the rank of 2nd
Lieutenant; his details can be found
here. An interesting career and early death, from "illness,
contracted on active service"; there appears to be a gap in
his service, so perhaps this was related. Died on 13th April 1946
while Commanding Officer, Prince of Wales Sea Training School, Stalham,
nr Norfolk. His widow remarrying just a year later; I am sure there
is some history to research here!
The 31 3/4 inch blade is in overall very good condition, just the
odd rust spot, nothing much. Blade firm in the hilt; the hilt in
good condition thought the gilt surface mostly gone. The folding
guard with "S G Rivers Smith RN" engraved to it works
well and locates perfectly onto the scabbard locking pin. The fishskin
grip in good condition, as are the twisted grip wire bindings. The
original sword knot, a great bonus, in fair / aged condition. The
leather and gilt brass scabbard aged, the gilt gone, the leather
with some defects, but overall sound.
A great opportunity. Further / large images available upon request.
Please quote item reference number B97 (611)