In very good condition, the George VI / WW2 British Infantry Officer’s Sword of Major Henry Hutchinson
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Etched to Wilkinson Sword at the forte / ricasso, but it is not a Wilkinson as there is no serial number. This happened a lot, when an army officer went to his retailer / outfitter of choice, who were not agents for Wilkinson but another maker, and the officer demanded a Wilkinson Sword! Yes, it is true; it happened a lot. And Major H Hutchinson was probably totally unaware. This is however a quality English / London made sword, and we know by decent it was the property of a Major H Hutchinson, whom we believe was Irish. We bought the sword with his mason’s case and various things of his; interestingly, his masonic gold jewel on ribbon is the badge of the 8th (King’s Royal Irish) Hussars, but we know not why.
From his masonic stuff, we found his first name “Henry” and middle initial, which is “F”. The masonic info also confirmed he was (British) Irish and had spent time in the army in Singapore in the 1950’s.
The 32 1/2 inch blade is well etched, in very good condition and firm in the hilt. The plated steel hilt / guard is very good but some of the plating has lifted under the sword knot. The fishskin grip and twisted grip wire bindings are both a little aged / worn but good. Original sword knot is still good. The leather field service scabbard is a little worn / scuffed / aged but still good. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Interesting sword in good condition and with provenance / research potential. Well worth the was £? (too late, now sold) price tag. Please quote item reference ZZ68. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1784 106x15x14 (1.525).