King George VI / WW2 British Infantry Officer's
Wilkinson Sword, sold
In very good condition, a King George 6th / World War 2 British
infantry officer's sword, Wilkinson made, serial number 68388 for
Probably bought by or for a newly commissioned officer at the beginning
of WW2, we can only imagine what became of him. Unfortunately there
is a row of blanks in the Wilkinson sales ledger, and serial number
68388 is one of them, so the original officer's name is lost to
the winds of time.
The 32 1/4 inch blade is well etched and in very good condition
and firm in the hilt. The hilt is very good, as are the fishskin
grip and its associated twisted grip wire bindings. The field service
scabbard is in good order, some scuffing to the shoe / drag and
the suspension frog loop is worn which indicates use, so the officer
clearly wore the sword a number of times and may well therefore
have survived the entire course of the war. We believe the officer
did survive and went on to become a tax inspector (we bought the
item and others from a deceased lady widow's estate whose former
husband served in WW2 and after was a tax inspector); the family
name was "Nixon" in case you fancy some research. The
sword sheathes and draws well.
A truly well above average example. Please quote item reference
number H36. Further / full sized images available upon request.