In good condition, a rare WW1 Welsh Guards Officer’s Sword and Scabbard
Unlike other British Guards officer’s swords, these have no battle honours because the Welsh Guards were only formed in 1915. They have battle honours for WW1, but these were officially made after the war ended, so WW1 swords have none etched. Quite a peculiar sword for some as the monogram to the cartouche of the hilt / guard is of course the Welsh national symbol, a leek. This sword has a dress weight blade yet is in a leather field service scabbard; swords ceased to be weapons for the most part many years before and a dress weight sword would have obvious comfort values for a field officer.
The 32 inch blade is in very good condition but does have a few patina (inert black rust) patches. Blade firm in hilt. The guard / hilt in good condition. The original leather sword knot is aged but good and still tied firm (please note: we obviously can not determine the condition of the guard beneath the knot). Fishskin grip generally very good but a wear section one side. Grip wire bindings are good. The leather field service scabbard, frog and straps are good but aged and worn. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Rare, in good shape. Well worth £1000. Please quote item reference AG47. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1450-117x15x14 (1.522).