George V Irish Guards Officer's Sword with
WW1 Battle Honours, sold
In fair condition, a scarce George V Irish Guards Officer's Sword
with WW1 Battle Honours.
A post WW1 (hence it has WW1 battle honours) Irish Guards officer's
sword with leather field service scabbard. The sword has been replated
at some stage (period) and then had varnish applied to protect it
against rust; unfortunately the fresh plating has reacted with the
varnish (now removed) to leave streaking, etc.
The 32 1/4 inch blade is in sound condition, the etching now feint
as a result of the second plating but still visible. The blade firm
in the hilt. The hilt sound but with the same plating / varnish
reaction issue as the blade. The fishskin grip in very good condition,
as are the twisted grip wire bindings. The leather field service
scabbard, possibly a replacement, is very good. The sword sheathes
and draws well.
With careful use of metal finishing polish, it may be possible
to greatly improve the plating. In any event, a real bargain at
£? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number
W86 (1218). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.