WW1 Officer's Presentation Sword, The Royal
Irish Regiment, Sold
In very good to excellent overall condition, a George V / WW1
era officer's presentation sword for D M Christie, 3rd Battalion,
The Royal Irish Regiment.
2nd Lieutenant D M Christie was commissioned in 1918; we presume
this sword was for that occasion. We have not been able to research
the officer beyond this, though he does not appear to have been
seriously wounded or killed during World War One.
The 32 7/8 inch long (longer than normal), 3/4 inch wide at forte
/ ricasso blade is in very good condition, some rubbing, but otherwise
excellent; the etching pattern very Irish and unique (no maker's
/ retailer's name as was the norm / very common during the last
two years of WW1, or possibly that they did not want an English
maker's name to the blade). Interestingly, also, no royal cypher
to the blade (well, the regiment was based in Dublin). Blade firm
in hilt and in very good condition (with Royal Cypher of King George
V as was required). Plated steel scabbard in good condition, just
some small blisters / black spots. Tiny amount of movement in the
hilt. The sword sheathes and draws well. Complete with black (for
a rifleman) sword knot.
A lovely sword and with the potential for original officer research
(may be some connection with the Royal Dublin Racecourse), yours
for only £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference
L86 (1217). Further / full sized images available upon request.