In very good condition, the WW2 Irish Guards Officer’s Sword of James Knox Mathew
With WW1 battle honours and officer’s initials “J K M” to the blade, the only post WW1 George V Irish Guards officer was James Knox Mathew (photo further below).
34878 James Knox MATHEW
2nd Lt. 4th Feb. 1926
Capt 20th July 1936
Major 5th February 1943
Died 6th July 1986
The ricasso etched to “Edward Smith 5 Boyle St. Savile Row London”, an outfitter of note to Guards Regiments, at that address certainly from 1921, we are sure to 1941 (see extra images on request). It is likely therefore the sword was purchased by / for James Knox Mathew in 1926.
Note: The brown (packing grease or metal cleaner) within the lines of the guard are barely visible to the human eye in normal light; the camera flash highlights it (can be removed with care and time).
The 32 1/2 inch blade is very well etched and in very good condition; it appears it was refurbished (re-etched) very professionally at some stage, which Edward Smith was renowned for doing as a service to prolong the glory of a sword (raising the distinct likelihood James Knox Mathew did this in 1943). Blade with George V cypher, Irish Guards regimental badge and post WW1 battle honours, firm in the grip and hilt. The hilt / guard in very good condition. The fishskin grip with some age and wear (shoe polish can easily darken if desired). Twisted grip wire bindings are good. Plated steel scabbard in good condition. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Stunning sword with provenance for an important officer. A bargain at just £1200. Please quote item reference ZZ13. Further / full sized photos available upon request. Box 1652-106x15x14 (1.681)