In good condition, WW2 British Royal Navy Commander Donald Alexander Forrest’s Sword.
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Donald Alexander Forrest served throughout World War Two, including as Commander of the destroyer HMS Silverton, and on the battleship HMS Resolution. Inscribed “D A Forrest” to the folding guard, and “Vivunt Dum Virent (the family motto of the Forrest family) Joanne 22.XI.41”. Commander Forrest had 3 sons, and he was the son of Harry Alexander & Marjorie Forrest, so perhaps Joanne was his wife (great research potential). You can read more about Commander Donald Alexander Forrest here. He died in 2016.
The 31 /14 inch blade is in good order, the etching a little rubbed / faded, some minor patina spots, firm in the hilt. The hilt with some gilt remaining. The grip mostly good, a little aged / grubby (not much), the grip wire is all there but perhaps has loosened a little. The original sword knot is aged and with wear but overall good / sound. The leather and gilt metal scabbard has a little age but is also good. The folding guard section works well and locates as it should on the top scabbard fitting’s retaining pin. The sword sheathes and draws well.
A well above average sword with great provenance and research potential – yours for was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference AC96. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 0379-1m (1.894).