In very good condition, a Gieve Matthew and Seagrove Ltd WW1 RN Officers Sword, Scabbard and Knot
The company / trading style “Gieve Matthew and Seagrove Ltd” (of Portsmouth, London and Devonport) dates this sword from 1907 to 1911. It is likely to be an officer’s commissioning sword, so it is highly probable the officer saw active service in World War One. Also, it is likely the sword was made for Gieves by Wilkinson Sword, as most of their swords were.
The 31 1/8 inch blade is in very good condition with minimal patina patches (the brown spot within the British Royal Coat of Arms is old storage grease, missed by us before photographing, now removed), etching clear and firm in the hilt. The hilt with good amounts of gilt remaining. The fishskin grip and associated grip wire bindings are good. The original sword knot is a little grubby and worn but good. The leather and brass fittings scabbard in good order; the folding guard section of the hilt / guard locates correctly onto the retaining pin. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Well above average example at a sensible price, £600. Please quote item reference X72. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1345-101x18x17 (1.910).