Italian Naval Officer's Dress Sword and Scabbard : Lance Bombardier C J Blinkhorn, 2/1 Field Regiment, RAA

Place Africa: North Africa, Libya, Cyrenaica, Tobruk Area, Tobruk
Accession Number REL36475
Collection type Technology
Object type Edged weapon or club
Physical description Brass, Cotton, Leather, Steel
Maker Unknown
Place made Italy
Date made Unknown
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

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.

History / Summary

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.