WW1 Named British Rifle Regiment Officer's
Sword (VGC) (sold)
Very good condition British George 5th WW1 rifle regiment officer's
sword marked and by repute to Irish officer who dies at Ypres in
This sword does not look 90 years old but it is; I believe it has
been refurbished / replated but incredibly well done if so as the
etching is not dulled as with most replated swords. The only reason
I suspect it has been replated besides the superb near new condition
is one small rust pitting on the blade which clearly has been plated
over, plus the grip looks brand new and has a characteristic "lip"
associated with later replacement grips (due to the fact they regrip
without taking the sword apart). In any event, the sword is authentic
and in superb order so as to grace any, repeat any collection.
The sword is marked to J.E. Furniss on both the inside of the
guard and the scabbard throat and by repute belonged to a James
E Furniss, second lieutenant of the 4th battalion of the Royal Irish
Rifles who lost his life in the killing fields around Ypres on the
31 July 1917 (see
grave record). I understand it remained in his family until
they entered it at a specialist sale in 2009.
The 33 inch blade is exceptional, though a small rust spot and
above noted former rust spot. Everything is firm. The leather scabbard
and frog are original and in very good condition for their age.
There is no maker's mark just "proved" punched to the
forte as was common with most swords during that time. Further /
full sized images available upon request. My item reference number
is 99 (98)