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WW2 British Royal Engineer Officer's Sword, Medals, Memorabilia, sold

In good condition, a WW2 British Royal Engineer's sword, medals, large amount of military memorabilia for Captain C.H. Holland-Keane.

WW2 British Royal Engineer Officer's Sword, Medals, Memorabilia

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This is a real time capsule. The sword alone with the original owner's name etched to the blade is good enough, but included are the medals and a good sized bag of military and personal memorabilia for Captain C.H. Holland-Keane, Royal Engineers while serving in India. It is clear he put all of his papers, etc. into a bag after the war and they have remained pretty much untouched since then.

The memorabilia includes army manuals, large 1940's road map of India (50 miles to one inch), and large war map of SE Asia, medals, telegrams, Christmas cards, his war diaries, photos (of him and his wife, their son, their home, their servant), CV, etc.

The 32 3/8 inch blade is in very good condition, some patina, but not much, etched with George VI's cypher, the Royal Engineers emblem, Captain C.H. Holland-Keane's name, the sword cutler (John Jones & Co 33 Bruton St, W1). Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt in good condition with some blemishing. The fishskin grip and twisted grip wire bindings are in good shape. The leather sword knot aged. The leather field service scabbard in overall good condition. The sword sheathes and draws well.

Hours and hours of reading material (you will feel like you know him well if you read everything) plus a fine sword. Please quote item reference G04 (923). Further / full sized images available upon request.

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