In good condition, a George VI / WW2 British Royal Navy Officer’s Sword
Blank maker’s / retailer’s section to blade, so likely made during WW2 when detail gave way to necessity. Serial number L6983 is probably a random arbitrary number. Possibly a Wilkinson made sword as the proof slug is a Wilkinson stylized “HW”. Very well grey / gray etched. No name anywhere. The rust patches are candidates for TLC as not over the main etching areas; could well be easily cleaned up to service / parade level.
The 31 1/2 inch blade has some small light inert rust / patches, thankfully mostly along the edge, but is otherwise very good and firm in the hilt. The hilt / guard retains much gilt and is very good; the folding section works well. White fishskin grip very good for age; the associated twisted grip wire bindings also good but a couple of lesser strands very slightly astray. Original sword knot very good for age. Gilt brass fittings on leather scabbard generally very good, some scuffing / wear, not much. The sword sheathes and draws well but the last 1/4 inch of sheathing requires a little effort to allow the folding guard section to locate onto the scabbard securing pin (probably due to a tiny amount of leather shrinkage). Belts with some wear but good. All weather carry bag with creases and age but sound.
Overall, a cracking example, and at a cracking price, £675. Please quote item reference ZZ83. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1781-105x15x14 (2.029)