A scarce Inter-war/ WW2 period 1925 pattern Royal Air Force officer's ceremonial sword.
I am led to believe that this George VI non-maker marked example was one of the swords that were supplied directly to the Air Ministry from the Wilkinson sword company and not through their private purchase retail stores or other military outfitters they supplied.
According to John Wilkinson-Latham's 1971 publication 'British Cut & Thrust Weapons` he states that RAF warrant officer's carried the same weapon as their officer's when on parade, he also stated that unlike the British army RAF officer's were not required to provide their own swords, swords were held at unit headquarters and issued as required.
The straight 32 inch etched blade has much staining from old surface peppering due to missing its scabbard, the etchings of foliage, scrolls and RAF crowned eagle are still evident, no edge to blade, thrust point only.
The brass fret-work guard bears the cypher of King George VI as well as a raised cartouche with the crowned RAF eagle logo, little of the gilt finish remains, slight indentation to edge of guard but this could easily be corrected, very minor rattle to hilt.
The fish skin grip is in very good order but now missing its twisted wire binding, the large brass eagle head pommel that incorporates the back piece is simply wonderful, exceptional detail.
Please study the images as they form part of the description in regards to condition.
Even with a few minor faults this remains a scarce sword, good examples command £1000 + and if attributed to an officer up to £2000 .
Sorry UK sale ONLY, Photo ID will be required before item will be despatched, over 18 yrs only.
A good condition 1942 dated US M1923 tan webbing magazine pouch with two pockets to house magazines for the Colt.45 1911A1 self-loading pistol.
Good working 'Lift the Dot' fastener and clean rear stud to attach to the M1936 pistol belt.
An early pre-NATO Wilkinson sword company Type - D survival knife which bears the 1B prefix indicating use for both the RAF and British Army (circa 1950's).
The 7 1/4 inch (185mm) long blade with its heavy duty 7mm thick spine is in very good order apart from some staining on one face, the walnut grips are also in very good condition and held firm with two screw bolts.
Nicely marked 1B/4594 with broad arrow & Wilkinson logo.
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A good condition and impressive WW1 Austro-Hungarian M1917 Sturmesser fighting/trench knife.
This example is one of the larger Hungarian produced knives opposed to the smaller version made in Austria, the underside of the cross guard bears the Hungarian acceptance stamp this being shown in the images.
The 8 1/4 inch long bright steel blade is in very good order with some dry grease still present, the rounded wooden grips are firm with no movement, cross guard also solid, again no movement.
The stamping on the ricasso is well worn with the makers name almost indiscernible but can just make out the name STOESZ denoting Wlaszlovits Stoesz as the manufacturer.
Four variants of steel scabbards were produced this one being the rounded bar type (hanging strap loops), the scabbard is in good order but with age related wear to the finish, the original narrow leather hanging straps tended to break easily and were often replaced with frogs this one being an 1895 model.
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A very pleasing WW2 period/vintage stitched panel Union Jack flag measuring 35 x 53 inches.
There are numerous ink stamps running along the spine but most now indiscernible.
There are no holes or tears just a few minor stains/marks.
Looks even better in the hand.
An extremely rare 1800 - 1812 stovepipe shako plate to the 2nd Battalion (1st) Royal Regiment (as they were known until 1812) later the Royal Scots.
This ground dug example is part of a small collection of British Napoleonic period items that were excavated from Fort King George, Fort Granby and Fort James in Tobago, West Indies during the 1970's.
The brass plate was found in fragmented form but then pieced back together and glued onto a thick card backing, this was undertaken by the gentleman who discovered them, a person that I knew well.
Some loss to the mid-section and head of thistle absent.
This plate is proof that the 2nd Btn served in the West Indies as well as the 1st Btn .
Even in relic condition it remains a wonderful reminder to the oldest and most senior infantry regiment of the line of the British army.
A complete plate would command £1,000+.
The other artefacts seen in the additional images are not part of this sale. purely for reference purposes only.
An interesting and scarce Victorian period child`s sword in the form of a Prussian Model 1852 cavalry trooper`s sabel (sabre)
The 21 inch long blade is etched with a VR cypher, foliage, knight with shield, fouled anchor and various other designs but most importantly the young English boys name for whom it was commissioned 'Arthur Thomas Etheridge', un-researched.
The Forte bears the German maker's name Weyersburg, Kirschbaum & Co of Solingen.
The fish skin grip is in good order but the twisted wire binding is missing in places, the steel knuckle guard is in good solid condition with no movement, now with an age related patina.
Originally the blade was plated but now with much loss, rounded tip for safety purposes, scabbard absent.
Please study images as part of condition report.
Sorry UK Sale ONLY, Photo ID will be required before being despatched, must be over 18 years of age.
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