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).