|Object type||Edged weapon or club|
|Physical description||Animal hide, Steel|
|Place made||United Kingdom: England|
First World War, 1914-1918
British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer's Sword and Scabbard : Major General H E Elliott, 7th Battalion, AIF
British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer sword and scabbard. The hilt has a nickel plated three quarter 'scroll' pattern pierced sheet steel guard with the GVR royal cypher and has a leather sword knot attached to the slot near the pommel. The grip is wire bound black fishskin. The straight blade is etched half way on both sides with a foliage design having the royal coat of arms on the centre right and the royal cypher of George V on the centre left. There is a single fuller on each side for half of the length. The ricasso is etched with the interlocking triangle symbol on the right with By Warrant in a scroll banner and the Prince of Wales three feathers over a scroll with By Appointment and HENRY WILKINSON PALL MALL LONDON on the left. A buff leather washer is attached to the blade where it meets the hilt and the back edge has an arrow within a D 10/13. The nickel plated steel scabbard has two loose suspension rings on bands at 2.5 and 10.5 inches from the throat. The sword is contained in a black oilskin cover.
This sword was originally presented to the 7th Battalion Association by Major General Elliott's sister as a token of esteem for an outstanding leader and trainer of men.