|Place||Africa: North Africa, Libya, Cyrenaica, Tobruk Area, Tobruk|
|Object type||Edged weapon or club|
|Physical description||Brass, Cotton, Leather, Steel|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Italian Naval Officer's Dress Sword and Scabbard : Lance Bombardier C J Blinkhorn, 2/1 Field Regiment, RAA
Italian Naval Officer's Dress Sword and Scabbard. The solid brass half basket guard has an Italian crown over a fouled anchor as a cartouche badge and a fold down clip to attach to the scabbard on the back edge. The brass backstrap pommel is a lion's head and mane and the grip is white leather bound with brass wire. The straight blade is etched for half the length with a floral pattern incorpoating trophies of arms and naval scenes. There is a gold and brown sword knot attached to the guard. The leather scabbard is mounted with an embossed brass locket with a single hanger.
This sword was collected at Tobruk by Lance Bombardier C J Blinkhorn, 2/1 Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery. Cecil Jack Blinkhorn was born in North Sydney in 1912 and was working as a plumber when he enlisted in the AIF on 25 October 1939. Gunner Blinkhorn embarked abaord HMT U5 in Sydney on 10 January 1940 with 2/1 Field Regiment, RAA and saw overseas service in the Middle East. Blinkhorn was discharged on 7 June 1943.