1910M Falklands War Trophy / Argentinian
Army Officer's Sword, For Sale
In overall very good condition, a 1910M Falklands War Trophy /
Argentinean Army Officer's Sword.
With figure of the Republic (with post 1950 flaming grenade and
coat of arms) to one side (not simply "Republica Argentina"
which is associated with copies and / or the Argentine Guardia Nacionales,
who were not present at the Falklands), plus the national anthem
"Sean eternos los laureles" etched to the other. The pommel
does not have a Medusa head found on police (Guardia Nacionales)
swords or copies, but of the Coat of Arms of Argentina. The blade
length indicates either an artillery or anti-aircraft unit officer,
of which there were many in the Argentine occupation forces on the
The 30 1/2 inch blade is in good condition, the etching a little
worn, some tiny plating bubbles, and firm in the hilt. The hilt
and black composite grip both in generally good condition. The period
blackened scabbard with some black coating loss. The sword sheathes
and draws well.
A rare item indeed in the UK where we bought it at auction. Unfortunately
the seller did not want any details passed on but the auctioneer
said it was likely if not certain to be a Falklands War trophy.
This may be because some UK service personnel were prosecuted and
convicted for bringing certain weapons (guns) back from the Falklands
as war trophies (though not for swords).
Rare sword with an evocative history. Yours for only £500.
Please quote reference S41. Further / full sized images available
upon request. Box 0649-1m (1.817).