WW1 / WW2 British RAF (Royal Air Force) Officer's
Sword, For Sale
In overall good to very good condition, a 100% authentic WW1 /
WW2 British RAF (Royal Air Force) Officer's Sword.
Sold by and etched to famous military outfitters Conway Williams
of Brook Street, London W1, who traded from 1915 to the end of WW2.
Conway Williams were THE RAF outfitters during the period, their
swords made for them by Wilkinson Sword. So this may be a super
rare WW1 RAF officer's sword or later. If later, the officer likely
saw service of some nature or another during WW2. Very few RAF officers
bought swords for obvious reasons; they would never be used as weapons
or carried while on service in the confines of an aircraft. Be warned,
99% of George V era RAF swords are reproductions not normally marked
to any maker / retailer; this one is 100% authentic.
The 32 1/4 inch blade is overall in good condition save for some
rust / patina spots (now stabilized), the etching still clear. Blade
firm in the hilt. The hilt good and with some gilt remaining. The
fishskin grip and twisted grip wire bindings are very good for its
age (not a lot of grip wear on pilot's swords, that is for sure).
The leather and gilt / brass scabbard has suffered some age with
the leather surface having widespread cracked and almost all gilt
gone, but in sound condition none the less. The sword sheathes and
Oh how we wish we knew who the original pilot officer was, but
we do not sadly. So this sword is priced for what it is, a very
rare and desirable collectors sword. Yours for £1875. Please
quote item reference T25. Further / full sized pictures available
upon request. Tube 0749-105x16 (2.517).