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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]


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

Hello Chris, just to let you know that I received the parcel, very pleased with it.

C T, UK, 08.03.2006