WW2 RAF Sword of Wing Commander Edward H
'Mouse' Fielden, sold
In very good condition, the WW2 Royal Air Force officer's sword
of Wing Commander Edward Hedley 'Mouse' Fielden, Commander of 161
Squadron, RAF Tempsford, 138 Squadron and the King's Flight.
Wikipedia page on Edward Hedley 'Mouse' Fielden. This sword
was bought by us at auction, reported to be from the estate of his
widow Lady Fielden who died in 2014. The sword comes complete with
various authentic period tags from the office of the Duke of Kent,
KC. One tag shows "Flight-Lieut. E. H. Fielden", the "Flight-Lieut."
crossed out and "Wing Commander" written above, showing
this was his sword in 1936. The Duke of Kent label is written to
"Wing Commander E H Fielden" proving this was still his
sword in 1946.
The 32 1/4 inch quality grey etched blade is in very good condition
(this is not an acid etched blade), the very tiny tip is bent back
(the sword was clearly dropped on its point) but it probably would
bend back (if you broke it off, the tip still looks good). There
is a tiny amount of movement in the hilt. The hilt retains much
gilt. The faux fishskin grip is good, as are the twisted grip wire
bindings but for one lesser strand which is slightly astray. The
scabbard is overall good for its age. The sword sheathes and draws
well. The black all weather bag is aged but in good shape. The labels
are 100% authentic; they would not be on this sword bag unless the
entire contents were Fielden's.
WW2 RAF officer swords in very good condition sell for £800
to £1000 at auction in the UK because they are very scarce
(very few officers bought them for obvious reasons). By the time
you add the auction house's commission plus VAT sales tax to that,
you are looking at well over the one thousand mark. This sword belonged
to a famous wing commander and was his sword during WW2. It is priced
to sell at only £xxxx and you had better buy it quick. Please
quote item reference N19 (1306). Further / full sized images available