Stock Ref: AST 1876

A splendid parade standard, example of a current pattern Artillery Officers sword presented to a Major Nelson Penfold. 

86cm (33.75”) slightly curved single edged blade with rounded back and spear point. The blade is single edged except for the last 9”. The blade is frost etched and has on the one side the winged thunderbolts, Royal Artillery, extensive scrolling foliage containing the rose, thistle and shamrock, and the modern W proof mark. On the other the crowned royal coat of arms in a garter strap with the royal motto above the royal cypher for Elizabeth II above the motto of the Royal Artillery – Ubique contained in a rose and thistle design above a cannon, extensive scrolling foliage design as before, royal appointment mark and makers name. Panel bearing the inscription “Presented to WO1 (RSM) N Penfold by all ranks of the 47th Field Regiment Royal Artillery on the occasion of his Commission April 1982”. The back of the blade is numbered 113033.

Three bar steel hilt with rearward quillon, flat cross hatched back piece, stepped pommel with circular flattened tang button. Fishskin grip bound with silver wire.

Maker: Wilkinson Sword London

Dated: 1982

Brown leather field service scabbard with the unusual addition of two loose brass rings.

The sword and scabbard are as new The sword blade is in immaculate condition.The hilt is as new and firm on the tang. The fishskin grip and wire bindings are as new. The scabbard is as new with no scuff marks.

Major Penfold enlisted into the ranks of the Royal Artillery seeing service with P battery (The Dragon Troop) RA. He was appointed a Warrant Officer on the 9th February 1973 and commissioned in 1982. He saw active service in Northern Ireland and the Gulf War. In addition to British medals for those campaigns he received the regular army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, the Kuwait Liberation medal, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia medal and he was also awarded the US Bronze Star.(The citation reading – For meritorious achievement in support of United States Army Central Command and the multinational coalition forces during operation Desert Shield and operation Desert Storm).

The Dragon Troop is so named for its participation in the 1st Opium War and has its origins in the Rocket Troop Madras Artillery formed within the East India Company in 1805.

This sword would be suitable for a current serving officer.

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