WW2 British Royal Navy Officer's Sword,
Lt. C.F.H. Watson, for sale
In good condition, a WW2 British Royal Navy Officer's Sword, Lieutenant
C.F.H. Watson, HMS Hero and HMS Ruler.
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
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 £700. Please quote
item reference Q33. Full sized / additional photos available upon
request. Box 0345 (2.214).