British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword with ANZAC Connection
The sword of Dennis Malcolm King, DSO MC; a Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword. This example was made by Wilkinson 8 October 1906. The steel hilt with ERVII monogram has lost most of its plating, and the grip wire is completely gone. The missing wire shows that the grip slabs were riveted to the tang like the cavalry trooper’s swords of the Victorian period. The steel scabbard has most of its plating still intact, but there is quite a lot of bubbling. The blade, while not in its original polish, is clean and in quite good condition considering the overall condition of the sword when I bought it (a rusty mess!). The blade has all the standard etchings as well as the owner’s monogram DMK.
The Australian War Memorial has an excellent biography of King, here: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/REL/07579/
In short, Colonel Dennis Malcom King, DSO, MC, King’s Liverpool Regiment, had a successful career which spanned the years 1906-1944. He served with distinction during WWI earning the DSO with clasp, the MC, and was mentioned in despatches several times. King served as a staff officer with the 5th Australian Division in Egypt and Gallipoli, and with the British Army in France and Flanders. King died in 1960.