Rare Edward VIII British Infantry Officer's
In sound though aged condition, a rare Edward VIII British Infantry
Because Edward VIII reigned for under a year during peace time
and under a cloud (his affair with / marriage to American divorcee
Wallis Simpson early in his reign (thus perhaps making officers
think twice about getting a new sword with his royal cypher on it),
and even the break with traditional cypher design on top of this,
very few Edward VIII swords were made. Sometimes you will find a
George V blade rehilted into his successor Edward VIII's hilt, this
one is rare in that the hilt has the sought after rare E VIII R
cypher but with a George VI blade (George VI succeeded Edward VIII).
So, it is likely the officer ordered the sword just before Edward
VIII abdicated, and while the hilt had been made by a cutler, the
blade came with George VI's cypher. Why the officer accepted this
and why the sword stayed as it is, is pure speculation. What is
certain, all the above makes this a rare if not unique sword.
The 32 1/4 inch blade is aged and the etching feint with some patina
splodges towards the tip, but sound and firm in the hilt. The hilt
with pronounced speckling but sound. The grip with age and wear,
the twisted grip wire present and correct. The field service scabbard
mostly good. The straps are aged and with a section missing. The
sword sheathes and draws well.
Scarce to rare. A good investment at £? (too late, now sold).
Please quote item reference Q77 (0409). Further / full sized images
available upon request.