WW1 era British Royal Navy Officer's Sword,
Matthews & Co, Sold
In good to very good overall condition, a Wilkinson made British
Royal Navy Officer's Sword, marked to naval outfitter Matthews &
Co of Portsmouth.
Matthews & Company (also of Gieve, Matthews & Seagrove)
sold Wilkinson made swords with their retailer names on them. Matthews
appeared to use this trading style until 1906, so, as the crown
on the hilt is Tudor (post-Victorian), the sword dates from 1901
The 30 1/2 inch blade is well etched, a little worn, some rust spots,
firm in the hilt. The hilt is generally very good, as is the grip
and associated twisted grip wire bindings. The original sword knot
is aged and frayed but remarkably good still. The leather and gilt
metal scabbard in good condition overall. The folding guard section
of the hilt works well and locates nicely on to the scabbard locking
pin. The sword sheathes and draws well.
A good example for only £(too late - this item is now sold
- but we will divulge the original sales price for a small fee).
Please quote item reference O63 (1384). Further / full sized pictures
available upon request.