British Pattern 1925 Royal Air Force Officer’s Sword
RAF Officer’s Sword 1977, an extremely fine example, the 81.5 cm tapered blade with single fuller by ‘Wilkinsons Sword London’ numbered 107322 (1977), the blade etched with a crowned eagle, the Royal Arms and blank scrolls with leaf decoration, the gilt metal handguard of standard RAF pattern incorporating the crowned Royal cypher and an oval panel showing a crowned eagle, eagle’s head pommel and part feathered back strap, wire bound white fish skin handgrip, gold lace sword knot with central pale blue lining, together with its gilt metal mounted black leather scabbard, all three chapes decorated with bands of laurel sprays.
The RAF officer’s sword is essentially a brass-hilted version of the Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword. The major differences aside from the hilt materials are the eagle head pommel, the RAF emblem on the guard, and the white ray skin grip. The scabbard is similar to the Pattern 1827/46 Naval Officer’s Sword.