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    Can you help date this British Air Force Sword




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    1910-1936 King George 5th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Mathieson View Post
    1910-1936 King George 5th.
    And you can narrow it down a bit more as the RAF was only formed in April 1918.
    "If I can't be a good example to others, at least let me be a horrible warning".

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    And apparently not approved by the Air Ministry until 1925. Or are you questioning the sword’s authenticity Paul?

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    Thanks Guys, Ben i was not questioning the authenticity but of course if you have concerns pls say so.
    Paul

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    No, no concerns, sadly can’t identify the proof disc for you though.

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    I thought Wilkinson with that star, no?

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    Actually not a star but intertwined triangles as a symbol of strength, virtually all later Victorian swords copied this mark. Wilkinsons have particular proof discs with HW and the shape changed from round to hexagon in the 20th century.

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    There is one example of the proof slug on old swords attributed to tailors E. J. Whitaker of Chatham but no info on the manufacturer.

    That item is believe bought by the officer during WW2 and it is numbered 04717 suggesting this is also a likely period for your item at #03339

    There is also a second example with no attribution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by james.elstob View Post
    There is one example of the proof slug on old swords attributed to tailors E. J. Whitaker of Chatham but no info on the manufacturer.

    That item is believe bought by the officer during WW2 and it is numbered 04717 suggesting this is also a likely period for your item at #03339
    I'd agree - with a hard cutoff at 1936 when George V died.
    "If I can't be a good example to others, at least let me be a horrible warning".

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