A George VI Royal Marines Officers Presentation Sword

A George VI Royal Marines Officers Presentation Sword

Code: 11610


A very good George VI Royal Marines Officers Presentation Sword.

This example produced by Wilkinson Sword, London in 1937. It will have been amongst the first George VI 1897 pattern infantry officers swords produced.

The proof ledger records a date of 27th August 1937, describing it as a "Royal Marines" pattern. The name of the purchaser is a little indistinct, but a glance at the army list confirms it as "J.M. Icke, Royal Marines." This is interesting, as the blade has an etched presentation "H.A.B. TO J.M.I. SEPTEMBER 1937". 

John Michael Icke is recorded as a "Probationary" Second Lieutenant from the 1st of September 1937. It would seem this sword was a gift to 2nd Lieutenant Icke on his commissioning. In this case, it is odd that Icke's name rather than the currently mysterious "H.A.B." appears on the Wilkinson proof ledger. It will be a job for the new owner to further research whom these initials refer to. 

I can find a reference to a Captain J.M. Icke serving aboard HMS Birmingham as the officers commanding the Royal Marines (Dated 17 August 1943) He seems to have held this role until the July 1945, when he transferred to HMS Illustrious. Interestingly he is shown as having been awarded £13 and 13 Shillings in Prize Money, which was paid out in July 1949. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1964. Further research into his wartime, and post war service will be left to the new owner. 

Thw 1897 pattern infantry officers guard with the George VI crowned cypher. The plating to the guard in clean condition, with minor blemishes. Domed pommel and chequered backpiece. Shagreen grip with copper twistwire binding. Wear to the grip, but no losses.

The 32.5 inch plated blade marked at the ricasso "By Appointment Wilkinson Sword, Ltd, London" and with their hexagonal "best proof" disc to the other. The blade is well etched, featuring the aforementioned presentation inscription, foliate decoration, and crowned GVI cypher and royal coat of arms. To the other side the Royal Marines crowned globe badge, surmounted by the words "The Royal Marines" Minor staining to the plated blade, but no bubbling or loss along with wear to some of the etching, notably to the central section, around the RM badge, and GRVI cypher.  Generally good bright condition overall.

The blades spine with serial number, and etched "Made in England".

Housed in its original Wilkinson produced Sam Browne Field Service scabbard, in good sound condition, minor wear to the drag, and suspension strap. The hilt is complete with it's brown leather sword knot.

Sold with a digital copy of the proof book register for this sword.

Strictly over 18's only. Photo ID will be required before this item can be dispatched.