A near mint example of a named officers sword dating to the First World War. The sword is a GRV (Georgius Rex V) cyphered sword made by Batson, an outfitter from London whose operation started in 1910. The sword has a serial number which possibly indicated the blade was originally made by Mole. Captain John Woolcott started his career as a private soldier in the ate 19th century, serving in the Boer War as a Lance Corporal (earning five clasps and enduring capture as a Boer POW) and starting the First World War as a Colour Sergeant Major in the DCLI he ended it as a Captain, a rare example of an infantry officer gaining commanding rank.
To read more on Woolcott's service please follow this link to find the full article.
The sword is in excellent condition with an unplated steel guard, a pleasant series of floral foliate etchings and the owners name and regiment engraved on the guard.
This sword can be yours for £750 or best offer.
Reduced to £650 for Swordvent!