In very good condition, a GRI WW1 British Infantry Officer’s Wilkinson Sword
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GRI = Georgius Rex Imperator, for an India Service British Infantry Officer. Serial number 55333 for 1918. This one made scarce by the fact it was sold to the Army (War Office) and has various marks to reflect this. In all likelihood, this sword has never been to India, but rather more likely was issued to a British or even Indian officer in France (many Indian soldiers fought for Britain in the horrible trenches).
The 32 1/2 well etched blade is in good condition and firm in the hilt. The steel hilt / guard in generally very good condition, a couple of scuffs but nothing much. The fishskin grip in very good condition. The associated twisted grip wire bindings good but some of the lesser strands are a little wayward. The field service scabbard has wear and scuffs but is good. The sword sheathes and draws well. The probably later carry bag with age but good.
Government / War Office marked GRI swords are few and far between, so was £? (too late, now sold) is a great price for a great condition Wilkinson Sword. Please quote item reference Y99. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1523-117x15x14 (2.036).