WW2 British Royal Navy Officer's Sword,
J N Wilson, HMS Hood, Sold
In good condition, the WW2 British Royal Navy Officer's Sword
of Midshipman / Lieutenant James Nicholas Wilson, who while aboard
HMS Hood took photos of the famous collision between HMS Hood and
HMS Renown; includes 4 of his photos of that collision (3 have never
been published before).
about J N Wilson / the event here. James Nicholas Wilson was
an off-duty RNVR Midshipman aboard HMS Hood watching maneuvers on
the 23rd January 1935 when the Renown struck the Hood; he had his
Box Brownie on him and snapped the accident. The Admiralty seized
the negatives of his photos and three of the four original prints
you get with the sword have never been published before.
The 31 1/4 inch blade is in very good condition with only a splattering
of patina (away from the etched areas) / wear. Blade firm in hilt.
The hilt with quite a bit of gilt remaining is in good condition.
The white fishskin (possibly faux) grip is in good condition, as
are the twisted grip wire bindings. The sword knot is quite good
but has fraying. The scabbard generally good. The all weather bag
is aged and has lost the hood section. The sword sheathes and draws
well. The folding guard section works well and locates firmly onto
the scabbard locking pin.
Nice sword, great provenance; the photos alone are worth a fair
bit of money. Yours for £? (too late, now sold). Please quote
item reference Q21 (0346). Full sized / additional photos available