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WW1 British RN Officer's Sword, Bicorn, Photo, Service Record, Sold

In good condition, the sword*, bicorn hat and tin, photo and service record of Arthur Henry Andrews, RN.

WW1 British named Royal Naval Officer's Sword, Bicorn, Photo, Service Record

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A sword of a long story made short; the sword was somehow accidentally swapped with another RN sword by a previous owner (antiques dealer). Hidden in some old yarn that it was Arthur Henry Andrews who accidentally took someone else's sword when he got drunk, we finally managed to get at the truth, and ultimately reunited (we believe) Arthur Henry Andrews's sword with his hat and photo. *So we know the bicorn hat was his, we know the photo is of him, and believe the sword is the one he is seen holding in the photo.

The 31 1/2 inch blade does not have a maker's / retailer's name to the forte / ricasso, which speaks of a late WW1 sword (late 1916 to end of war), which ties in with Arthur Henry Andrews' promotion to lieutenant on the 15th June 1917. Unlike many officers, A H Andrews started off humbly in the Royal Navy as an Acting Mate, then Gunner. The hilt is in good order, as is the grip. Scabbard good. Sword sheathes and draws well.

The bicorn hat is good and in its original tin. The photo is a little aged and contained in its original frame we are sure. A copy of his service record accompanies the items. Born 19th June 1881, he made the rank of Lieutenant Commander, he died 25th May 1938.

Nice package including everything you see, yours for £xxx (now sold). Please quote item reference M11. Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Boxes 1231a (6kg) and 1231b (2.5)(be prepared for higher than average shipping costs commensurate with the package sized / weight).

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