George V British RN Officer's Claymore Blade
In good condition a George V British RN Officer's Claymore (dress
weight) Blade Sword with an interesting history, a possible WW2
German War Trophy (Guernsey related).
Engraved to "S. B. MAINGUY" on the folding guard section,
we bought this sword in France from a family who were sure it was
the property of a WW2 German naval officer (story below).
The 30 1/2 inch dress weight Claymore blade is faintly etched (etched
maker's / retailer's mark indistinguishable - it is in circular
form and therefore maybe the mark of Thurkle who sometimes used
an etched circle mark) but in good condition, save for some patina
patches. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt generally good. The fishskin
grip good but some tarnish to the twisted grip wire. The scabbard
sound, but the fitting move and the middle one has gouged down the
side of the leather for a couple of inches. Folding guard section
locates onto scabbard locking pin. Sword not good but aged. All
weather bag aged, cracked and with split near the chape end. The
sword sheathes and draws well.
S. B. Mainguy, R.N. (No. 2711), was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant,
with seniority of September 15, 1905, and was re-appointed to H.M.S.
Renown "The Battleship Yacht", where he had served as
2nd Lieutenant. Past that, he obviously survived WW1 and we know
he was in the Admiralty Intelligence Division during WW2. S. B.
Mainguy was from Guernsey, which was under German occupation during
WW2. We bought his sword from France from a family whose (deceased)
parents said it was a WW2 German naval officer's sword which got
left behind during the German retreat. Logic says, a German officer
took this as a war trophy from Guernsey while the British RN officer
owner was in London. But then the sword fell into French hands,
now ours. Anyway, it sounds good to us. We known Mainguy was around
in the 1950's as he appears in records for the Guernsey Life Boat
Load of research potential. Nice sword, great price: £? (too
late, now sold). Please quote item reference S04 (0609).