In very good condition, a WW2 British Royal Navy Officers Sword, Lieutenant J F Spence
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John Foster Spence (the great grandson of the famous alderman of the same name) joined as a naval cadet just before WW2 and served with the Royal Navy during that conflict, his ship was sunk after being torpedoed in the English Channel. After World War Two, he escorted Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh on their first overseas tour of Australia, and almost certainly wore this sword during that journey / event. He was later warded the British Empire Medal and was mentioned in Dispatches.
The 30 1/2 inch blade is in very good condition, some age and inert former rust pitting around the ricasso, but nothing much. Blade firm in the hilt and grip. The hilt retaining much gilt is in very good condition. Fishskin grip and twisted grip wire bindings both very good. Original sword knot with a little age but very good. The leather and brass fittings scabbard has age, the leather especially, but is good. The sword sheathes and draws well; the folding guard locking pin section fold well but it is tight getting the pin into the hole. The all weather bag is very good.
Very nice sword with full provenance an very good condition. Absolutely worth was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference Y12. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1416-106x17x17 (2.128).