Stock Ref: AST 1757

An excellent example of a post WW1 naval officers sword with some documentation.

This sword has been reserved

With some refurbishment this sword would be suitable for a current serving officer.

80cm (31.5”) straight single fullered blade with flat back and spear point. The blade is double edged for the last 9”. Frost etched blade with on one side the Royal coat of arms, and scrolling foliage contained within rope work designed borders, brass proof disc. On the other side a crowned fouled anchor with scrolling foliage in rope work designed borders, makers name and royal appointment.

Solid brass gothic style hilt with crowned fouled anchor. Lions head pommel with full length mane back piece. White fish skin grip bound with brass wire. Fold down guard with owners name – S H Taylor RN

Maker: Gieves (Traded under this name from various addresses in Devonport between 1922-1968)

Dated: 1922

Black leather scabbard with brass mounts.

The sword and scabbard are in very good condition. The blade is free from rust and there is only some minor staining near the point. The etchings are very clear. The guard and grip are as new. The scabbard is as new.

Commander S H Taylor OBE Msc

Appears in the Navy List in 1924 as a Lieutenant (15 Oct 1922) – the sword probably dates from this time - serving on board H47 a Holland Class submarine, which was subsequently sunk in 1929. In 1926 he was a Lieutenant on HMS Revenge a battleship and he appears to have retired from active sea service in the Navy in 1927. On the 15 October 1930 he was appointed a Lt Commander, and the 1934 Navy List shows him as retired, however, by 1939 he had re-joined the Navy and he is shown in the Civil List with an OBE and having gained an Msc . By 1941 he was an Acting Commander (25 Feb 1939 appointed to full Commander in 1942)) Staff Officer Operations at  HMS Eaglet the Command Centre for the Western Approaches based in Liverpool By 1945 he was a Senior Scientific Officer in the Royal Navy’s Scientific, Research and experimental Department. He continued to work in the Nay’s Scientific Department through to 1958.(Further research is appropriate)


5 x copies of Navy Lists

With minor refurbishment this sword would be suitable for a current serving officer.

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