In very good overall condition, a named WW2 HMAS Implacable Aircraft Carrier’s 1771 Squadron Fighter Pilots Officer’s Sword, Scabbard and All Weather Bag.
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Etched to Wilkinson Sword but no serial number (debates rages on about Wilkinson Swords without serial numbers), but that is irrelevant to this George VI sword, because a) the hilt’s folding guard section is period engraved to “R W TURRAL”, b) it has a later OHMS label attached with his name just visible on it, and c) there was only one R W Turral in the Royal Navy at that time. Then Lieutenant Robert William Turral served with 1771 Squadron, which was a carrier based “Fairey Firefly” fighter squadron (on board HMAS Implacable Aircraft Carrier), and which has the honour of being the first ever British Commonwealth designed and built aircraft to be flown over Japan and Tokyo.
The 31 1/8 inch blade is well etched and in very good condition, plus firm in the hilt. The hilt in very good condition retaining much gilt. The white fishskin grip is very good; there is a slight cut which looks like a maker’s blemish. The twisted grip wire bindings in good condition. The sword knot with a little age but really well above average condition. The scabbard in good condition with no major age or damage. The folding guard section of the sword works and locates properly onto the locating / holding pin on the scabbard. The all weather bag good but with age / wear cracks.
Oh come on, they do not get much better than this. Seriously, and we mean seriously under-priced at was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference X46. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1291-102x18x16 (1.931).