Lot 143

A Royal Engineers officer’s sword (1897 pattern) by Wilkinson, refurbished to modern parade condition, with the original officer’s crest and coat of arms etched on the blade. The blade is numbered 42727 (for 1910) and was first owned by Major General Richard Lawrence Bond RE CB CBE DSO MC. Major General Bond was commissioned in 1910 and served in both WW1 and WW2, being Mentioned in Despatches, gaining the DSO and the Military Cross in 1918. This sword was later purchased by Lieutenant Colonel Kray RE, for whom an assemblage of related articles are also featured in this auction as a separate lot. Some pages of research on Bond are included in the sale of this sword. Both sides of the sword blade are etched heavily, the blade bearing the ‘best quality’ hexagonal proof slug denoting extra expense on producing the blade to higher standards. Complete with field service scabbard, Sam Browne frog and gold sword knot. Blade of regulation 32 1/2 inches. (1)

Estimate: £300-£350