George VI British Royal Navy Pilot Officer's
A British Royal Naval officer's sword, etched to King George VI
and Wilkinson Sword, with the original pilot officer's name "R
C Stone" and date "Sept 1945" inscribed to the folding
guard, in generally good condition.
Lt R C 'Lou' Stone was a RN pilot officer who flew Seafires (the
naval version of the Spitfire) from HMS Triumph during the Malaya
campaign (Malayan emergency) against the Chinese and Russian backed
guerillas, and the Korean War. This is one of those infamous Wilkinson
Swords without a serial number that some say were copies made by
other British sword makers (not likely, as this would involve no
insignificant a crime claiming "By Royal Appointment"
when not duly commissioned to do so), while others suggest they
were contract swords for certain retailers, and others still a tax
dodge by Wilkinson.
The 31 inch blade is well etched (still clear) but with patina
splotches throughout. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt in good condition;
the folding guard section engraved to R C Stone, RN and locates
well onto the locking pin of the top scabbard locket. While the
fishskin grip is in good condition, the twisted grip wire bindings
are wayward here and there (should be simple enough to resolve).
The leather and gilt metal fitting scabbard is in aged but overall
good shape. The sword knot worn and thinning. The sword sheathes
and draws well.
A great sword with plenty of research potential on the original
owner. Please quote item reference K81 (1185). Further / full sized
images available upon request.