In overall good condition, a WW1 British Royal Engineers Named Officer’s Wilkinson Sword.
Wilkinson serial number 43914 for 12th February 1913, with the officer’s initials “G H L” etched to the blade. This is the WW1 British Royal Engineers Officer’s Wilkinson Sword, Scabbard and Carry Case of George Hilton Latham, who served in and survived both WW1 and WW2, being ultimately promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel; his photo can be seen here. George created the card game known as “Robin Post”. Born on the 6th January 1893 in Chelsea, (then Middlesex), London, and died on the 19th June 1969 in Hailsham, Sussex. He married Myra Hilda Tom Johnston on the 1st Mar 1923 in Trinidad, West Indies. They had 5 children together. More details here.
The 32 3/4 inch blade is in good condition and firm in the hilt. The steel hilt / guard is good, some age speckles (TLC would probably remove them). The fishskin grip and twisted grip wire bindings are a little aged but good. The original leather sword knot with age and a break is nonetheless sound. The field service leather scabbard is good but with scuffs, etc. especially around the chape. The sword sheathes and draws well. The original leather carry case is dry and aged.
Great sword, great officer, great provenance, great price; £650. Please quote item reference AG41. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1432-117x15x14 (1.937).