In good condition, a WW1 British Coldstream Guards Named / Identified Officer’s Sword and Scabbard
The officer’s initials “T D S” etched to the blade for T D Spencer (yes, we checked and could only find one match for those initials), who was a serviceman (in the ranks) promoted to Lieutenant (on probation) on the 17th July 1915. He clearly did more than pass his probationary period because Captain T D Spencer commanded 3 Company of the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards at Villers Pol in November 1918, a particularly nasty battle, which he survived. The ricasso etched to Guards hat maker and military outfitter Edward Smith of 139 Ebury Street London. Yes, this a dress sword but the Guards did not carry swords into battle during World War One.
The 32 3/4 inch slender levee blade is in good condition, some small patina patches, well etched with pre-WW1 Coldstream Guards’ battle honours / badge and George V cypher, firm in the hilt. The hilt generally good. The fishskin grip and associated grip wire bindings also good. The steel scabbard with some age and wear but good. The sword sheathes and draws well if a little loosely.
WW1 Coldstream Guards are scarce enough, this one has the owner officer’s initials / provenance. Plenty of research potential. Yours for £1000. Please quote item reference AG08. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1326-121x19x16 (1.999).