WW1 era / George V British Royal Navy Officer's
In very good condition (except for slight hilt damage), a quality
Gieves (Wilkinson made) WW1 era / King George V British Royal Navy
A very good, well mad sword in very good condition but with a small
hairline crack to the hilt, and a break to the quillon; the later
can be easily repaired. The story goes, the original officer owner
fell and landed on his sword as a result of rum rather than enemy
The 31 1/4 inch grey etched blade has some patina spots, but not
too many, and is in superb condition overall. Etched to "GIEVES
PORTSMOUTH LONDON EDINBURGH & DEVONPORT", the sword was
in fact made by Wilkinson Sword for Gieves, hence the supreme quality.
The hilt has some damage as previously mentioned, but it is not
so easy to easy the hairline crack and the damage to the quillon
can be repaired. The white fishskin grip and associated twisted
grip wire bindings are very good. The sword knot is aged and the
acorn is separated (acorn not shown in photos but is included -
could be glued back on for display purposes). The leather and hilt
metal scabbard has faired well. The folding section of the hilt
works well and locates as it should onto the securing pin on the
top scabbard locket. The sword sheathes and draws well.
A very good example-. Please quote item reference number I86 (1082).
Further / full sized pictures available upon request.