In good condition, a WW1 British Infantry Officer’s Sword with Liver Bird crest of the Liverpool Mercury , named to Herbert Arthur Rimmer.
Etched to “Sarginson Bros, Sword Cutlers, 105 Dalf St, Liverpool”. George V royal cypher, plus Liverpool Mercury’s Liver Bird above a horn and Mercury’s wand entwined by serpents, resting on bows and topped by a shell, plus a bannered “Libertas” (Freedom). Finally, “H. A. Rimmer” for Herbert Arthur Rimmer (family tree and photos of him in uniform wearing this sword with a photo of his wife opposite, see below). We can find very little about Herbert Rimmer besides the family tree information, and that he died on the 19th August 1943, buried in St Peter’s Church, Formby, just North of Liverpool.
31 3/4 Inch uniquely styled blade (in comparison with London / Birmingham blades) in very good condition and firm in the hilt. The hilt / guard with some distortion, most likely period through being worn in active duty. The fishskin grip and wire bindings are good. The leather field service scabbard good but the chape well worn and coming adrift; again, most likely period due to active service conditions. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Liverpudlians, here’s your chance; don’t expect to see another! Just £600. Please quote item reference X21. Further / full sized images upon request. Box 1265-102x18x16 (2.157).