SPECIMEN & (SEE) WEA 1007 & WEA 1023.
Blade (left flat) finish: etched decoration comprising a rayed crown above the Royal Arms, an "ERVII" cypher and wreath of laurel and palm - all within an ornate foliate panel. A smaller decorative panel, at base, encloses the Royal crown above the badge of the Royal Munster Fusiliers [a facing tiger within a wreath of shamrocks and scroll marked "PLASSEY"]. The badge is accompanied by the text "ROYAL MUNSTER" and "FUSILIERS".
Blade (right flat) finish: etched decoration as left flat except that the owner's ornate and interlaced monogram, "GWG", replaces the Royal Munster Fusiliers' detail in base panel.
(Related items: scabbard and sword knot)
Edward VII issue Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer's sword associated with the British Army service of Lieutenant Colonel Guy W Geddes DSO, Royal Munster Fusiliers. Guy Geddes served as a Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion of the Royal Munster Fusiliers during the Boer War and was 'Mentioned in Despatches. As a Temporary Lieutenant Colonel during the First World War he notably commanded X Company Royal Munster Fusiliers at their landing (from the 'River Clyde' steamer) at 'V' Beach Gallipoli, 25 April 1915. Wounded in that action he returned to Battalion on 17 May and subsequently took part in the Suvla Bay landings in August 1915.
mark stamped & etched blade (left ricasso)small circular brass insert, embossed "HW", enclosed by two etched overlying and interlinked triangles
inscription stamped blade (back, near guard)39819
mark stamped & etched blade (right ricasso)Royal Arms above a scroll marked "BY WARRANT" and maker's name in four lines -"+HENRY+ WILKINSON PALL MALL LONDON"