In very good condition, a scarce WW1 British Royal Navy Officer’s Solid Hilt Wilkinson Sword, Scabbard & All Weather Bag, L A W Johnson.
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Etched to L A W Johnson and dated 17th June 1915, he went on to being a Member Of the Victorian Order (MVO) and founding officer of the Straits Settlements Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (SSRNVR). We could not find anything much on this officer except that he served in and survived both World Wars. Blade etched to Wilkinson one side, Gieves (their principle retailer) the other. This sword does not have a folding guard section but is a “solid hilt” (note: not Solid Patent Hilt).
31 1/2 inch slender (7/8 inch width at ricasso / forte) blade, very well etched and in very good condition. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt very good, as are the fishskin grip and associated twisted grip wire bindings. The original sword not is aged and frayed but sound. The leather and brass fittings scabbard has lost much of its surface leather layer but is sound. The sword sheathes and draws well, the locking pin mechanism locates and holds as it should. The all weather leather bag is aged but complete and sound.
A really well above average condition WW1 sword and a solid hilt to a named officer with obviously a long and noted career. Very sensibly priced as was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference X40. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1281-101x19x16 (2.313).