WW1 / George V British Royal Navy Named Officer's
In good condition, an early 20th Century British Royal Navy officer's
sword, with folding guard engraved to "H A Bickford, RN".
Now with 20% discount.
This is a good research project for somebody. The sword has post-Victorian
Tudor Crown to the hilt and is etched to "Matthews & Co
Outfitters Portsea" which, according to our reference books,
means the sword was made in 1901 to 1903. But we could not find
any mention of H A Bickford on the Royal Navy list until WW2, when
he served as a civil naval technical officer with the rank of Commander
within the Admiralty's navigation section. The fact he had the rank
of commander and that this sword's blade etching dates from the
reign of Edward 7th or possibly George 5th (with Edward 8th onwards,
they put the monarch's personal royal cypher to the blade; this
one has only the British Royal Coat of Arms), shows that H A Bickford
must have had some history with the Royal Navy and quite likely
served as an active officer during WW1, but we can not find him
The 28 3/4 inch blade shows that Commander Bickford was a short
man! Anyway, the blade is in overall very good condition but with
some patina patches, and is firm in the hilt. The hilt is generally
very good, the folding guard with "H A Bickford, RN" engraved
to it, works well and locates properly onto the securing pin on
the top locket of the scabbard. The grip is a little grubby but
overall very good, and the twisted grip wire bindings are also complete
and good. The original sword knot is aged but good; the same with
the scabbard. The sword sheathes and draws well.
A good sword with bags of research potential for only £?
(too late, now sold). Please quote item reference K32 (1168). Further
/ full sized images available upon request.