In aged condition, a WW1 era British Irish Guards Officer’s Sword
Nope, not in the best condition, but sound and scarce to rare. The Edwardian (Edward VII / George V) crown just discernible to the etched blade; the maker’s / retailer’s name etched to the ricasso / forte appears to be Thompson. No battle honours to the blade as the Irish Guards were only founded in 1900; the sword dates from 1901 to early 1919. Distinctive 3 leaf clover emblem to the cartouche of the guard. The wear of the sword and scabbard and the fact the blade was sharpened indicate it was worn / carried in action.
The 32 inch period sharpened blade is in worn (etching feint), light rust patch pitted fair condition, and is firm in the grip / hilt. The hilt has age, patina and light rust patches. The fishskin grip has age and wear but is still quite good; the associated grip wire bindings are mostly good, though one lesser strand is wayward. The field service leather scabbard is aged and has had a harsh service life with a few scrapes even gouges around the chape. The sword sheathes and draws well.
An evocative scarce sword which we feel is a bargain at £650. Please quote item reference ZZ57. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1699-109x15x14 (1.447)