In very good condition, an Edwardian British Infantry / Kenyan Police Officer’s Sword Ensemble
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Includes Edward 7th ERI (for India Service) sword, later black (for police) belts, scabbard and sword knot (belt marked on obverse to “A J Layton” “K P” for Kenyan Police), a Kenyan Police swagger stick, and WW1 Valet Auto-Strop Safety Shaving Kit bearing the initials “J K G” (possibly not associated). The blade is etched to quality maker “J B Johnstone” “London and Dublin”.
It would appear A J Layton served in the British Army in India and then became a British Kenyan police officer. BTW Valet WW1 shaving kits sell for over was £? (too late, now sold) on eBay.
The 32 inch well etched blade is in very good condition and firm in the hilt / grip. The steel hilt / guard with ERI to the cartouche is in very good condition. The black fishskin grip and associated twisted grip wire bindings are both in very good condition. Black leather scabbard has some wear and a few scuffs but is still good to very good; the sword sheathes and draws well. The black leather Kenyan Police sword belts are a little aged but very good. The leather sword knot has some age and surface cracking but is good. The Kenyan Police swagger stick has usage / age but is good. The WW1 British Army shaving kit is in very good condition for its age.
A great sword with provenance and more. Absolute bargain at was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference ZY08. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box n/a