In very good condition, a WW2 British Royal Navy Officer’s Sword with scabbard, knot, belt and all weather bag; named to RN officer Eric J Shelbourn.
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There are no maker’s details to the blade (and the proof stud is plain), but it is very well made and of high quality, plus the belt is marked to famous retailer Gieve, so it may be Wilkinson made (they made most of Gieve’s swords). We believe Eric Shelbourn was a paymaster officer with the Royal Navy throughout World War 2 and apparently served overseas as well as in the UK.
The 31 1/4 inch blade is very well grey / gray etched with minimal wear and only a few very small patina spots / patches. Blade firm in hilt. The hilt with some tarnish and former polishing was residue, but overall very good. The white fishskin grip has some ink or other black residue in one area but is otherwise good to very good. The twisted grip wire bindings are complete but some of the lesser strands are slightly astray. The original sword knot is a little aged / grubby but good. The scabbard also good to very good, the leather with some scratches / wear. The sword sheathes and draws well, and the scabbard to hilt locking pin mechanism works well. The all weather bag is aged but well above average.
A great WW2 RN officer’s example with provenance. Very reasonably priced at was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference X07. Full sized / additional photos available upon request. Box number 1236-101x19x16 (2.482).