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George VI British Royal Navy Pilot Officer's Sword, Sold

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.

George VI British Royal Navy Pilot Officer's Sword

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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.

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