WW2 British Royal Naval Officer's Sword,
Belts and Uniform, for sale
In very good condition, the WW2 British Royal Naval Officer's
Sword, Belts and Uniform of Lieutenant then Commander David Hallam
Trevor Lloyd Jenkins.
Details of Lieutenant / Commander D H T L Jenkins, born 1903, died
1996, below. This sword, sold be his family, has his name on both
the folding guard section of the sword and inside the officer's
cap / hat. The sword is marked to Gieves, and so made by Wilkinson.
The uniform bears the insignia (three full bands) for a commander
and is slightly worn but in very good condition. Hat and belts marked
to naval retailer Gieves, as is the sword. The slender dress weight
sword is in very good condition, the blade with virtually no patina,
firm in the hilt. The hilt retaining some gilt is in good condition.
The fishskin grip a little grubby form being held but very good,
as are the twisted grip wire bindings (some blue brass tarnish).
Sword knot a little grubby but good. The leather and gilt metal
scabbard overall very good; much gilt remaining, a slight kink one
side, a slight tear one side, some scuffing. The sword sheathes
and draws well. The belts are aged but sound, probably original
to when he became a lieutenant. The all weather leather sword case
ia aged, again likely original to 1926.
It is great to get the full uniform with sword like this, and with
a respected officer's provenance. Well worth £900. Please
quote item reference number AF21. Further / full sized pictures
available upon request. Boxes 1077A-37x35x26 (3.412) and 1077B-101x18x17
David Hallam Trevor Lloyd Jenkins first served as a midshipman
in 'Dauntless' 1st L.C.S., Atlantic Fleet. Then posted to H.M.S.
Venetia in the Mediterranean fleet from 1925 to 1926. He was promoted
to Lieutenant in January 1926 (so this is when he would have bought
this sword) and then served on the Cruisers H.M.S. Canterbury &
H.M.S. Sussex. Then posted to the Far East, he served on the Yangtze
aboard the gunboat 'Cockchafer'. He then saw service at the R.N.
Barracks in Portsmouth, then a period in the Persian Gulf on the
Sloop H.M.S. Shoreham (1937 and 1939).
During the early stages of WW2r, he served in the Home Fleet on
board H.M.S. Valiant. Then service in the Mediterranean (1940 to
1941), when he was promoted to Commander. Commander Jenkins was
then posted to Alexandria as a liaison officer to the Greek Navy
(1941 to 1942). He was awarded The Greek Medal for 'Outstanding
Acts' and then posted to the cruiser H.M.S. Sirius as the Executive
Office. Serving back in the Mediterranean and for his role in the
Normandy Landings, he was mentioned in Despatches. Commander Jenkins
remained in the Royal Navy until the 1950s. His wife was Jean Mary
Wodsworth Bundle and had four children; Ann, David, Jonathan and