George V British Royal Tank Corps Named Officer's
Sword, for sale
In aged condition, a super rare George V British Royal Tank Corps
named officer's sword.
Yes, this sword has a fair amount of rust to it, but just find
another British Royal Tank Corps officer's sword in any condition;
it is the first we have ever seen! Complete with tank image and
"Royal Tank Corps" etched to blade. Plus, the original
owner's initials "B J K" (said to be "B J Kerslake")
and family crest (motto: "Nosce te ipsum"), but we can
find no trace of an officer by that name.
The 32 1/8 inch blade is in overall good condition, a fair bit
of patina, especially towards the point, but the etching is still
clear and the blade is firm in the hilt (etched to retailer / cutler
"J Daniels & Co, 1 Artillery Place, Woolwich (London)".
The hilt has suffered the test of damp time with quite a bit of
plating loss and rust. The grip is aged (patchy) but good; the twisted
grip wire bindings are good. The original sword knot is well aged
and has broken in one place. The leather field service scabbard
is aged and with loss around the chape. The sword sheathes and draws
Look, just try and find another Royal Tank Corps sword and then
you will see our price of £600 is a one off special. Please
quote item reference P52. Further / full sized images available
upon request. Box 0245-1.18 (2.092).
With thanks to Bryan Talbot (it may be possible to determine the
original officer by reference to the Army List): The crest is not
well done. In fact, it is incorrect as it is neither a front nor
side profile, and it is difficult to determine if it is of a bull,
cow, camel, goat, sheep or a hind! It therefore could be any of
the following family crests; Kyrell - bull's head, Kneysworth or
Knesworth - buffalo's head, Kahl - Camel's head, Kene - Hind's head,
Kingsley - Goat's head, Kyrell - Bull's head, Kiniloc - an Indian
Goat's head. We can not find any family name beginning with "K"
associated with the phrase "Nosce te Ipsum".
If you have the time, get a 1932 British Army List (typically cost
£10 online), search for "Tank Corps" and hopefully
you will find out who B J K actually was!