|Object type||Edged weapon or club|
|Place made||United Kingdom: England|
|Date made||c 1914|
First World War, 1914-1918
British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer's Sword and Scabbard : Second Lieutenant S E Pierce, 1/4th Battalion Kings Own, Yorkshire Light Infantry
British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer's Sword and Scabbard. Nickel plated sheet steel guard with a crown over the GVR cypher on the front edge. The grips are brown leather bound with brass wire. The straight blade has a single fuller to each side to within 14 inches of the point, which is broken and is etched for half the length with a thistle pattern incorporating the Royal GVR cypher on the left and the royal coat of arms on the right. The left ricasso has a shield with S & J KITHIN MAKERS SHEFFIELD and on the right the interlocking triangle symbol with PROVED in the centre. The leather covered wooden scabbard has some stitching loose on the back edge and has the Sam Browne strap is missing from the locket. The chape is worn through the leather cover and the throat is loose.
The original owner of this sword was 2nd Lt Sidney Ernest Pierce, 1/4th Bn Kings Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry) who died of wounds 26/12/15.