In good condition, the WW1 British RN Officer’s Sword of Sub Lieutenant G P M Radcliffe
Made Midshipman in 1914 and served both in WW1 and WW2. After WW1, while serving aboard HMS Liverpool in the Black Sea, he contracted Spanish Flu (H1N1), badly, though survived (quite a relevant sword during these Covid times). Engraved G P M Radcliffe to the folding guard, he would have taken / been wearing this sword on various duties at that time and likely then again during WW2. Etched “Gieves” (maker / retailer) to blade.
The 31 1/2 inch blade is in good condition but with some small inert black rust pitting patches and general wear. Blade firm in the hilt. The brass hilt / guard retaining some gilt. The fishskin grip and twisted grip wire bindings in good condition. The sword knot sound enough but with age / wear. The folding guard section works but is a little stiff. The brass (gilt almost all gone) and leather scabbard is in good condition. The folding guard section locates onto upper scabbard fitting pin as it should. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Loads of research potential. Named officer. Well above average condition. £850. Please quote item reference AG22. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1374-101x19x16 (2.137).