In very good overall condition, a George VI / WW2 British Royal Naval Officer’s Sword, Scabbard, Knot, All Weather Bag, Hat and Belts
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Named inside belt and all weather carry bag to “Cleary”, we are sure this sword was the property of Lieutenant James Sidney Cleary, MBE, who was a RN gunner who distinguished himself and was made an officer during World War 2. The ricasso etched to military outfitter “E J Whitaker, Military Road, Chatham”, the proof slug seems to be one by Wilkinson.
The 31 1/2 inch blade is superbly grey etched and in very good condition. The blade is firm in the hilt which retains much gilt. The fishskin grip is very good, a little grubby spot here and there, nothing much. The twisted grip wire bindings very good, one lesser strand a tiny bit astray on on turn. Original sword knot very good. The scabbard in good condition, the locking pin mechanism / folding guard works as it should, and the sword sheathes and draws well. The black all weather carry bag good for age but some wear / age cracking as to be expected, marked inside to “Cleary”. The officer’s cap in very good condition, a small stain here and there, a replacement white top in bag, brand new. The belts marked inside to “Cleary” are very good for age.
What an absolutely great sword in excellent condition. Easily worth was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference X70. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1318-130x25x17 (3.073)