WW1 British Finsbury Rifles Named Officer's
Sword for sale
Nicely etched British rifle regiment officer's sword named both
to the Finsbury Rifles and the original owner, Captain Moore.
The 4th London Regt (Finsbury Rifles) apparently had 3 officers
by the name of Moore who reached the rank of Captain before and
during the War (2 won the MC, 1 a DSO. One of the MC winners was
killed in action on the 1st July 1916). We have not attempted to
try and establish which Captain Moore this sword belonged to, though
we suspect the sword was made just prior to the war given the time
and effort given to the etching detail and the fact the grip looks
worn (swords made during WW1 tend to have grips that are not worn,
as the officers did not handle / wear them much).
The 32 1/2 inch blade is well etched and in good condition but
has patches of patina throughout. Blade etched one side to the Finsbury
Rifles (4th London Regiment) and the original owner's name, George
5th Royal Cypher to the obverse. Blade firm in the hilt. The steel
hilt with a little damage (slight bending), nothing too much. The
grip clearly worn, the twisted grip wire bindings sound. The leather
fields service scabbard is in relatively good though aged and worn
condition, the chape / drag having been replaced at some stage again
indicating the sword was worn quite a lot and therefore is probably
of pre-war manufacture.
What a bargain, only £450. Please quote item reference J69.
Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Box 1140-1m