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.
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).