A First World War 1897 pattern Royal Engineers officer's Presentation Sword
A First World War 1897 pattern Royal Engineers officer's Presentation Sword, Birmingham V.T.C 1915. The blade by J R Gaunt & Son Limited, Late Thurkle London & Birmingham No 14344, etched and mirror polished with the crowned GVR cypher, the Royal Arms, Ubique within banner, laurel wreath, all within scrolling foliage, together with "PRESENTED TO LIEUT J. MARTIN, R.E. (T) BY THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE EAST B'HAM V.T.C. ON HIS RESIGNATION OF POSITION AS ADJUTANT OF THE CORPS NOVEMBER 1915" within a foliate panel. The regulation hilt retains traces of plated finish, the grip is covered with fishskin and bound with twisted silver wire. Contained in its leather field service scabbard. The blade retains much of its original polish.
Blade length 33" (83.5cms) Overall length including scabbard 39½" (100.5cms)