The 1897 pattern Infantry Officers Sword of Lieutenant Ronald Mortimer Slater, 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment.
He died on the 21st of Novemeber 1914, after being mortally wounded by gunshot to head while bringing one of his wounded men back in to the front line trenches opposite Neuve Chapelle.
A short biography, including an account of the circumstances surrounding his death, and a photograph of Lieutenant Slater, can be found at the Imperial War Museum website HERE.
The steel 1897 pattern Infantry officer hilt with George V cypher. Fully chequered backstrap with gutta percha patent hilt grips bound with silver twistwire. Fitted with its original brown leather sword knot, requiring some attention.
The brightly plated 32.5 inch single fullered 1892 pattern blade with etched with Wilkinson's details to one ricasso, HW hexagonal "Best" proof slug to the other. The blade bearing the initials "C.R.P." below the family crest and latin motto of the Prendegast family to one escutcheon. The blade is further decorated with foliate etching, royal coat of arms, and crowned ERVII cypher.
Housed in it's original steel mounted wooded leather covered field service scabbard. The drag has been reinforced and covered in leather.
A very good example of a scarce Patent hilted officers sword of the highest specification by the best possible maker, to a career soldier with room for further research. Sold with a digital copy of the Wilkinson Sword Proof Book ledger for this sword, confirming its provenance.
Strictly over 18's only. Photo ID will be required before this item can be dispatched.