British George V Bespoke Order P1897 Infantry Officers Sword

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Bespoke order World War 1, P1897 infantry officer’s sword.

The 825mm single edged, thrusting blade has a short central fuller on both sides. The flat spine bears the serial number 03296 and terminates in a spear point. The blade is in excellent condition and is etched with the Georgian crown and George V royal cipher bordered by foliate scrollwork. The obverse bears the royal crown above the coat of arms bordered by foliate scrollwork.

The ricasso bears a brass proof stud marked with “.S.” below the word “Proved” and a central dot. The obverse ricasso has a panel within which the maker or cutler would usually place their details. This has been left intentionally blank, suggesting the sword was of wartime production. The serial number on the spine will aid in both identifying the maker and the sword’s original owner.

The polished steel bowl guard is of 1897 pattern and bears the royal cypher of George V with the crown in relief and pierced foliate design. The guard is in good condition with areas of minor tarnish. The interior of the bowl is tarnished. The crosshatched steel back strap has an oval pommel and rounded tang nut. The fish skin grip is in excellent condition as is the twisted wire binding.

The nickel-plated steel scabbard is in great condition. The scabbard retains its original plating with mild age related wear. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly.