WW2 British Royal Navy Commander D A Forrest's
Sword, For Sale
In good condition, WW2 British Royal Navy Commander Donald Alexander
Donald Alexander Forrest served throughout World War Two, including
as Commander of the destroyer HMS Silverton, and on the battleship
HMS Resolution. Inscribed "D A Forrest" to the folding
guard, and "Vivunt Dum Virent (the family motto of the Forrest
family) Joanne 22.XI.41". Commander Forrest had 3 sons, and
he was the son of Harry Alexander & Marjorie Forrest, so perhaps
Joanne was his wife (great research potential). You can read more
Donald Alexander Forrest here. He died in 2016.
The 31 /14 inch blade is in good order, the etching a little rubbed
/ faded, some minor patina spots, firm in the hilt. The hilt with
some gilt remaining. The grip mostly good, a little aged / grubby
(not much), the grip wire is all there but perhaps has loosened
a little. The original sword knot is aged and with wear but overall
good / sound. The leather and gilt metal scabbard has a little age
but is also good. The folding guard section works well and locates
as it should on the top scabbard fitting's retaining pin. The sword
sheathes and draws well.
A well above average sword with great provenance and research potential
- yours for £700. Please quote item reference AC96. Further
/ full sized images available upon request. Box 0379-1m (1.894).