In good overall condition, a WW1 British Coldstream Guards Officer’s Sword
Etched to George V with battle honours to and including South Africa (1902), but crucially no honours yet for WW1, this sword dates from 1911 (coronation of George V) to 1919 (when WW1 battle honours were made official and etched to blades). No retailer’s / maker’s details etched to blade, so likely 1916-1918 when production took precedence over normal protocol. This is a World War One Coldstream Guards officer’s sword; Levee dress weight (as swords were not carried into battle by the guards at this point).
The 32 3/4 inch blade is supremely well etched with GV cypher, badge of the Coldstream Guards and their battle honours. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt / guard good but the plating is thinning and giving way to (now inert) rust spots / small rust patches. The fishskin grip is good, as are the twisted grip wire bindings. The plated steel scabbard is peppered with very small inert rust spots but is overall good / sound. The sword sheathes and draws well, quite tightly, as if it were new, which the blade appears to be.
A really top quality example at a bargain price, just £550. Please quote item reference Z01. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1527-117x15x14 (1.544).