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WW2 British Royal Navy Officer's Sword, Lt. C.F.H. Watson, sold

In good condition, a WW2 British Royal Navy Officer's Sword, Lieutenant C.F.H. Watson, HMS Hero and HMS Ruler.

WW2 British Royal Navy Officer's Sword, Lt. C.F.H. Watsonimage Q33 1

Sold Item Notice

C.F.H. Watson was a Gunner on HMS Hero on the 1st August 1940, promoted to Lieutenant on 7th October 1943. He transferred to the aircraft carrier HMS Ruler (an American built carrier provided to the UK under the Lend-Lease agreement) in 1944. This sword is therefore the one he bought for his promotion in 1943. It appears that he survived the war.

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The 31 1/2 inch blade is generally very good but with some patina spots Blade firm in hilt. The hilt retains some gilt. The white fishskin (probably faux) grip is in very good condition; some grubby bits, not much. The twisted grip wire bindings also good. The original sword knot good but with a fair amount of age / fraying. The scabbard is generally good, the lower fitting with some tarnish / burning, a short scrape down one side (caused by one of the fittings). The sword sheathes and draws well. The folding guard / hilt section works well and locates well onto the scabbard pin. The all weather bag is aged with tears and repairs, etc, so it looks like it was with him on board / duty.

Nice sword, great provenance. Yours for £? (too late, now sold) . Please quote item reference Q33 (0345). Full sized / additional photos available upon request.

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