A scarce George V British Royal Indian Marine Officer’s Wilkinson Sword in good condition.
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Royal Indian Marine officer’s sword are scarce, even rare. The Royal India Marine was the Indian branch of the British Royal Navy. This one was made by Wilkinson Sword, serial number 58059 for 1919, for Gieves Ltd of London, Portsmouth and Devonport. NB: The original officer can not be traced on the Wilkinson sales ledger as it will simply show “Gieves”.
The 31 1/2 inch blade is in very good condition except for a few patina patches, not too many. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt which is the solid type (no folding section) is in good condition. The fishskin grip is very good (large rayskin nodules), a little grubby, the twisted grip wire bindings good. The original sword knot aged and tatty but whole. The leather and brass fittings scabbard has a kink / weak line / split towards the chape. The sword sheathes and draws quite well but does need a little push at one point. The locking mechanism works OK.
A good example. A great buy at only £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference Q79 (0417). Further / full sized images available upon request.