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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.

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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.

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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 (2.000).

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 Peter.

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