In overall very good condition, a 1910M Falklands War Trophy / Argentinean Army Officer’s Sword.
With figure of the Republic (with post 1950 flaming grenade and coat of arms) to one side (not simply “Republica Argentina” which is associated with copies and / or the Argentine Guardia Nacionales, who were not present at the Falklands), plus the national anthem “Sean eternos los laureles” etched to the other. The pommel does not have a Medusa head found on police (Guardia Nacionales) swords or copies, but of the Coat of Arms of Argentina. The blade length indicates either an artillery or anti-aircraft unit officer, of which there were many in the Argentine occupation forces on the Falklands.
The 30 1/2 inch blade is in good condition, the etching a little worn, some tiny plating bubbles, and firm in the hilt. The hilt and black composite grip both in generally good condition. The period blackened scabbard with some black coating loss. The sword sheathes and draws well.
A rare item indeed in the UK where we bought it at auction. Unfortunately the seller did not want any details passed on but the auctioneer said it was likely if not certain to be a Falklands War trophy. This may be because some UK service personnel were prosecuted and convicted for bringing certain weapons (guns) back from the Falklands as war trophies (though not for swords).
Rare sword with an evocative history. Yours for only (was) £500, now £400 . Please quote reference S41. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 0649-1m (1.817).