WW1 Scottish Infantry Field Officer's Sword,
In good condition, a scarce WW1 Scottish Infantry Field Officer's
Caveat: We believe this is a Scottish infantry field officer's
sword despite the fact it has a standard blade and (non-ball chape)
scabbard, because there were no other branches of the British armed
forces during the reign of King George V (the blade is etched to
him). The Royal Engineers whom this style of hilt was originally
designed for stopped using it in favour of the 1897 Pattern infantry
sword just before 1900, so it is not likely to have belonged to
an engineer officer, despite the scabbard. Alternatively, it could
have been a non-regulation sword made for a particular officer,
perhaps retired, but we doubt it because it has a late war (circa
1917) blade with proof mark rather than proof slug. We have kept
the price low to reflect the above and that it could be a bespoke
Royal Engineer's or other officer's sword.
The 32 1/4 inch blade is worn and has patina throughout but is
overall in good order; It appears to have been field sharpened at
some stage. Blade firm in hilt. The hilt is good condition, some
small plating loss to the edges, nothing much. The faux fishskin
grip in good shape, as are the twisted grip wire bindings.
A good acanthus leaf hilt WW1 sword in any event. If we could prove
it was for a Scottish infantry field officer, it would be worth
double what we are asking. Yours for £400. Further / large
images available upon request. Box 0198-1.18 (2.174).