George V Grenadier Guards Presentation Wilkinson
In overall very good condition, a rare George V Grenadier Guards
presentation sword to A E H Villiers.
Presented to Gentleman Cadet A E H Villiers (prize for geography
at the Royal Military College) in December 1925, this cadet went
on to see active service throughout World War 2 and achieved the
rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Grenadier Guards. The Villiers
family having a long association with that regiment.
The blade etched both sides with battle honours, including for
World War 1 of course, Grenadier Guards emblem, presentation inscription
and George 5th's royal cypher. The blade has some patina patches,
mostly towards the point. The blade's spine bearing the serial number
60681, for early 1926. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt generally
good, some aging. The fishskin grip and associated grip bindings
in good order. The original leather knot indicating this sword was
carried by then Lieutenant Villiers into WW2. Leather field service
scabbard in good order. The sword sheathes and draws well.
A E H Villiers; Lieutenant 4th February 1929, Captain 6th July
1940, Acting Major 22nd March 1941, Major 23rd March 1943, later
Lieutenant Colonel A.E.H. Villiers.
Great sword, great officer, great provenance, great investment.
Please quote item reference G67 955). Further / full sized images
available upon request.