George VI Royal Naval Sword of Snr. Cd.
Gnr. F. G. A. Tovey, for sale
In very good condition, the George VI Royal Naval Sword of Senior
Commander Gunner F. G. A. Tovey.
F. G. A. Tovey was a warrant officer (rank: gunner) throughout
World War 2. He retired in 1953 with the rank of Senior Commander
Gunner. We know he was on HMS Berwick, a County-class heavy cruiser,
from 1944, which means he was aboard the vessel when it was escorting
convoys to North Russia and operating in the northern North Sea.
In late October 1944 the ship carried Free Norwegian Forces from
Britain to Murmansk, so that they could participate in the Liberation
of Finnmark. She escorted two carrier raids against the German battleship
Tirpitz in 1944 and again in 1945. Berwick's last role was to escort
carriers that were raiding the Norwegian coast in 1945. We suspect
he bought or was awarded this sword for a post war promotion.
The 31 Inch blade is very nearly in as new condition and firm in
the hilt. The hilt is good with much gilt remaining. The fishskin
grip and twisted grip wire bindings are very good. The sword knot
a little aged but not so much. The leather and gilt metal fittings
scabbard very good, the fittings a little loose (just glue them
firm as they were originally). The sword sheathes and draws well.
The folding guard section bears the name "F. G. A. Tovey.",
works well and locates onto the scabbard securing pin as it should.
The all weather carry bag (with roe skin inner bag) is aged but
good, and bears the initials "F. G. A. T.".
Wow, a great sword in well, well above average condition. Don't
hang about on this one, just £700. Please quote item reference
AC37. Full sized / additional photos available upon request. Box