In very good condition, a WW2 Royal Navy Named Officer’s Gieves / Wilkinson Sword
The sword of Lieutenant Nigel Larken, son of Admiral Sir Frank Larken KCB CMG, who died while serving at HMS Dolphin, the Royal Navy’s Submarine Training Facility, on 11th April 1941 (research needed as to cause).
Etched “Gieves Ltd, London, Portsmouth & Devonport” to the forte / ricasso, with a “HW” Henry Wilkinson brass proof stud to the obverse; Gieves were a private label retailer of Wilkinson Swords.
The 31 11/8 inch blade is exceptionally well etched with fouled anchor and George VI Royal Cypher and in very good condition except for the tip area which has inert rust pitting. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt / guard in very good condition with much gilt remaining. The white fishskin grip is a little grubby but very good, as are the twisted grip wire bindings. The sword knot good, a little aged and frayed. The leather and brass fittings scabbard is good. The folding guard section of the hilt engraved “N. Larken. R.N.” is good / works well and locates onto the retaining pin of the scabbard’s top locket. The sword sheathes and draws well. The all weather carry bag is aged, creased and the fastening strap broken, but not bad, and it has done its job protecting the swprd inside.
This sword would be 100% parade ground perfect were it not for the tip; oh well, at £700 it is still a stellar buy. Please quote item reference ZZ73. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1718-99x15x14 (1.703)