In overall good condition, a scarce World War One British Royal Naval Reserve Officer’s Sword.
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Etched to sword cutler “Hill, Norfolk Street, Sheffield”, dating the sword from 1912 to 1915.
The 31 1/2 inch blade is in overall very good condition, some staining around the ricasso / forte, firm in the hilt. The hilt retains some useful gilt. The fishskin grip is overall very good but has a half turn missing next to the inner bowl of the guard. The twisted grip wire is very good; some movement in a couple of the lesser strands but not much. The leather and gilt metal fittings scabbard with some age / creasing (near the chape) but overall good. The folding guard section of the guard works well and locates properly onto the securing pin on the scabbard’s top fitting. The sword sheathes and draws well.
A genuinely very nice example of a scarce WW1 (George V) Royal Naval Reserve officer’s sword, made even more desirable as from a Sheffield sword cutler. Yours for was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference Q45. Further full / sized images available on request. Box 0362-1m (2.798).