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Title Court sword
Nationality Norwegian
Period c 1940-50
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This is probably from the reign of Hakon VII (1872-1957, crowned first king of Norway in 1905 on its separation from Sweden and its creation as a sovereign state). It would have been worn by Norwegian diplomats and senior members of the royal court. It is a high quality item made by Wilkinson Sword of London, with their logo etched at the forte.

This is stylistically the most interesting of this series of three Scandinavian court swords. The design is loosely based on the French models of the early 19th century, but with a distinctive art deco styling (particularly the pommel and the knuckle bow). The gilt strapwork elements of the hilt are identical to the Swedish sword, so one can fairly decisively date them to within ten years of one another.

The mounts are gilt bronze with mother of pearl grips. Some 90% plus of the original gilding remains. The blade is a back sword type, ie with a single edge, also of French design. The scabbard is black calf leather, in very good shape with a little wear showing half way down. There is a small ding to the bottom chape, half way down.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Swords : Norwegian : 20th Century]


Having received the beautiful medal that has been the subject of many recent phone calls, I am absolutely delighted with it. More importantly, the research you provided into the military backgrounds of all those involved made it all the more poignant. Thank you for your highly professional and friendly help and advice throughout the transaction.

Edward Hudson, UK, 10.02.2011

[It] got in [arrived]! It's a fine piece.

G V, Belgium, 11.08.2008