WW2 British RN Officer's Sword, Lt J F Stewart,
HMS Undine, POW, Sold
In good condition, the WW2 British RN Officer's Sword of Lieutenant
John Frederick Stewart, an officer on HMS Undine, Prisoner of War.
Details of HMS
Undine are here, that was damaged and scuttled after losing
her sonar. This sword would have been purchased for the 1st January
1939 promotion from 2nd Lieutenant to Lieutenant of J S Stewart.
So this sword sat at home while he was a POW. There are parts of
labels still attached to the sword and stuck to the all weather
bag which we have left for posterity. NB The blade looks like it
has a white line through the centre; this is just a reflection along
its centre ridge (the blade is very good / does not have such a
31 1/4 Inch blade in very good condition and superb etching, marked
to Gieves (Wilkinson Sword made their swords), firm in the hilt.
Hilt with gilt remaining, white fishskin grip and twisted grip wire
bindings in very good order. Original sword knot good. The scabbard
mostly good but a small gouge down one side (can only be seen when
view scabbard side on) and the fittings a bit loose (can be glued,
which is what the maker did originally). The leather all weather
bag overall good, but some age. The inner roeskin bag in good order
though a little grubby. The sword sheathes and draws well. The folding
guard section works well and locates onto the scabbard retaining
pin as it should.
A well above average condition sword and with full provenance.
Yours for £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference
number AB89 (0135). Further / full sized pictures available upon