British ERII 2nd Life Guards Officer's 1953
Coronation Sword, sold
Wilkinson Sword made in 1953 for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth
2nd, an ERII British 2nd Life Guards Officer's state sword in near
parade ground condition.
A magnificent state sword, originally bought by British Army for
use at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth 2nd (serial number 72120
for 1953). With some minor TLC, we are sure that this sword easily
would pass for parade ground use. The only "unusual" thing
in case a serving 2nd Life Guards officer wanted to use this sword,
apart from the later NATO part number to the scabbard (we suspect
this could be "removed") is that the Wilkinson maker's
mark, perfectly correct for when the sword was made, states "By
Appointment To His Late Majesty King George VI", as Wilkinson
could only become by appointment to Queen Elizabeth 2nd after she
was crowned of course. The guard with the 2nd Life Guard badge,
the blade one side etched with the battle honours and motto of the
2nd Life Guards, the obverse side etched with Queen Elizabeth 2nd's
Royal Cypher, Wilkinson logo, etc. A very evocative item given it
would have been carried / worn amongst
all the pomp and ceremony of the day, quite likely by one of
the named attending officers.
The mightily impressive 37 3/16 inch blade is in very good condition,
some scuffing, but not in the critical areas, some small areas of
patina towards the tip, some tiny rust spots (now treated); some
TLC would almost certainly make this parade ground standard. Blade
firm in the hilt, the hilt very good, solid. The black faux fishskin
grip with associated twisted grip wire bindings is equally in very
good condition. The steel and brass fittings scabbard is good, but
a little loose when full sheathed (possibly needs a replacement
wooden slat liner).
A great sword that has been a part of a special day in history,
a very good investment. Please quote item reference number G58.
Further / full sized images available upon request.