WW1 British Army Officer's Wilkinson Sword,
In fairly good condition, a WW1 British Army Officer's Wilkinson
Sword with Special Sam Browne Belt.
The inside of the hilt is rudimentally inscribed with the officer's
name; it appear to be "Capt Rae or Ron Pearle", but we
can not find this officer in cursory searches. The serial number
is 49775 for circa 1916. The Sam Browne buckle is the expensive
/ upper class variety with the British crown, lion and "Dieu
et mon droit" (belts with these buckles in this condition sell
for over £100 elsewhere).
The 32 1/4 inch blade is in good condition but with some rust and
patina patches, plus firm in the hilt. The steel hilt is in good
shape / order; a light surface patina / inert rust to the inside
of the guard. The grip with wear but good; the twisted grip wire
bindings good, a little wobbly from wear one side. The leather field
service scabbard is quite good, some ominous burn marks, but has
lost the lower part of it's chape. The leather belts etc. in good
shape but aged / dry, one tiny belt loop broken. The sword sheathes
and draws well.
This is a well nice sword with that Same Brown and buckle, plus
a chance to determine the officer. Really well priced at £550.
Please quote item reference number W71. Further / full sized pictures
available upon request. Box 1211-102x19x16 (2.355).