Royal Air Force Ceremonial Sword and Scabbard

Accession Number REL/19317
Collection type Technology
Object type Edged weapon or club
Place made United Kingdom: England
Date made c 1938
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Royal Air Force Ceremonial Sword and Scabbard. The hilt is a gilt brass half basket guard that has the GVR royal cypher and a crown over a flying eagle as the oval cartouche badge. The grip is white fishskin bound with gilt wire and the pommel is an eagles head. A gold and light blue sword knot is attached to the guard. The straight blade is etched on both sides with a foliage design with two blank banner panels and has a crown over a fying eagle in the centre right. On the left is the royal coat of arms in the centre and on the ricasso is the military outfitter's name of BURBERRYS LIMITED HAYMARKET LONDON. The scabbard is black leather with three gilt brass fittings that have a raised laurel leaf pattern in the centre of each.

History / Summary

This sword was reputedly used by the ADC to the Governor of NSW. The RAAF uses the same pattern sword as the RAF.

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