WW2 British Royal Artillery Officer's Sword,
With rare British Monarch etching, in very good condition (except
for scabbard), a WW2 Royal Artillery officer's sword by Wilkinson
with original owner's initials.
Wilkinson serial number 68292 for 1939. The etching is unusual
in that although the blade bears the royal cypher of then King George
VI, the Wilkinson logo states "By Appointment To His Late Majesty
King George V"; this is because Wilkinsons had not yet been
awarded the "By Appointment" warrant for King George 6th.
The exceptional blade bears the initials of the original owner /
officer ""A U G N" so he should be fairly easily
researchable with some effort and diligence (or you could simply
pay £10 to have the Wilkinson sales ledger researched!). Certainly
the original owner served King and country during World War Two.
The 34 inch blade is in very good condition with fairly minimal
wear, scuffing and patina. Blade firm in the steel hilt a little
aged / tarnished but would clean up if required. The black fishskin
grip is a little aged but overall in good to very good condition.
The twisted grip wire bindings are also good, some minor waywardness
with a couple of single strands but only here and there. The field
service leather scabbard has been broken in two at one stage and
glued back together, then boot polished over. The glue would probably
sand down for a better finish if required. Otherwise, the scabbard
is in good order, though the frog suspension loop has broken off
half way along. The sword sheathes and draws well.
The sword is very nice and worth the price even allowing for the
scabbard if for no other reason than the special etching and ability
to identify the original owner. Further / full sized images available
upon request. Please quote reference number D73 (759).