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Presentation Sword To Major A.F.M. Jack Royal Engineers And SOE

A Wilkinson 1897 Infantry Officers Presentation Sword owned by Major A.F.M. JACK M.C. A British Royal Engineers officer who served with Special Operations Executive in Yugoslavia and Bari, Italy, 1944-1945.

Major Jack has the distinction of destroying the largest bridge in Europe during WW2. the 150 metre span of Vishegrad Bridge. Images of this bridge after its destruction may be found at the Imperial War Museum, a link to which appears at the bottom of this listing.

Major Jack also recorded his exploits at the IWM, and they make for fascinating listening.

The sword itself is a presentation example from the Royal Military Academy

The sword is complete with its original brown leather knot, field service leather scabbard and part outer carrying bag.

Sadly the sword has not been stored with care, and the blade and guard have suffered. Luckily the presentation inscription is fully legible as are the makers markings and serial number. There is black rust to the spine, and to the right hand side of the blade with the "Royal Engineers" motto.

The sword could be professionally restored, and even gentle amateur cleaning would improve it.


Archibald Frederick Maclean Jack

Collection of papers relating mainly to his service with Force 133 of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) in Yugoslavia where he was involved with Brigadier Armstrong's mission to General Draza Mihailovic, leader of the loyalist Cetnik resistance movement, comprising documents relating to sabotage operations in Serbia including the demolition of railway bridges at Sabac and Zvornik and antimony mines at Zajaca, Krupanj and Stoliceand (1943 - 1944), post war interviews and writings by Jack relating to his part in SOE's Yugoslavian campaign and his attitudes towards the controversy surrounding Britain's decision to back Tito over General Mihailovic (1971 - 1993), academic papers regarding resistance in Yugoslavia and the role of SOE (1946 - 1995): together with a number of mostly official papers and photographs relating to the Army service of his father, Brigadier General A Jack CB CMG CBE, during the First World War and as head of the British Railway Mission to Siberia in 1918 (1917 - 1939).



Photograph in Yugoslavia with his camera:

https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205303414

Destruction of Vishegrad Bridge:

https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205303424

Oral History:

https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80010418

A unique opportunity to own a small piece of SOE and Royal Engineers History.

Strictly over 18's only.


Code: 52334Price:


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SOE Sword Extra Images

Additional Images.

Code: 52348Price: On Request

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Elizabeth II Army Service Corps Officers Sword

A very nice and untouched RASC Officers sword by Wilkinson, bearing the cypher of Queen Elizabeth II.

Three bar nickel plated hilt with chequered pommel and shagreen grip bound with twistwire.

Blade etched with the Wilkinson Sword Logo and address, foliate engraving, vacant cartouche, ERII cypher and the badge of the Royal Army Service Corps.

Blade could do with a clean, but no pitting and quite bright under the grime.

The only flaw is that the quillion appears to have come off and been braised back into place. Not easily noticeable and doesn't really detract.

Could be carried by a serving Officer.

Complete in Sam Browne Leather Scabbard, with Frog.

Strictly over 18's only.

Code: 52347Price: 325.00 GBP

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WWII inert No 36 Practice Grenade

A good complete example. The split pin possibly a replacement.

Strictly over 18's only.

Code: 52343Price: 125.00 GBP

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1821 Pipe Back Light Cavalry Officers Sword

Purchased from the same theatre group as the Dundas Artillery Sword, this cavalry officers sword has had its three bar hilt painted gold.

The grip retains 95+% of its shagreen and twistwire.

The blade looks very clean, although covered in some kind of varnish which leaves an opalescent, oil on water sheen, probably added at the same time as the gold paint to maintain its "shine".

Standard pipeback etching in twin cartouches about midway on either side of the blade. These feature a crowned VR amongst laurel leaves.

Blade measures 34.5 inches.

An nice easy restoration project for a relatively scarce cavalry officers sword.

No scabbard

Strictly over 18's only.

Code: 52346Price: 225.00 GBP

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WW1 Sopwith Camel Propeller Boss Clock

An evocative WW1 era mantle clock produced using a propeller hub from a Sopwith Camel, the iconic great War fighter aircraft of the RFC and RNAS.

Studded with WW1 dated .303 cartridge cases.

Stamped markings read: D2740 P2120 RP1328 110 HP CLERGET SOPWITH

The 110 HP CLERGET Engine was fitted to Sopwith Pup and Sopwith Camel aircraft in 1917.

The clock has not been tested, or cleaned, and is exactly as we found it.

Code: 52338Price: 295.00 GBP


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1821 Royal Artillery Officers Sword

A good and untouched example of a Victorian Royal Artillery Officers Sword.

This example retailed by "T. MALING, Sadler, Woolwich"

Unusually the pommel is domed, and the blade doesn't feature the usual VR cypher, but rather foliate etching and field guns to either side.

All shagreen and twistwire complete to the hilt with only minor wear.

No movement between the blade and handle, all remains solid.
The blade is clean and and straight. The etching is clear and fully visible.

The swords hilt and scabbard are all a rich plum colour, and could be brought back with some careful polishing.

The scabbard is a perfect fit and original to the sword. it has some minor bumps, and is slightly buckled toward the last ten inches towards the drag. It has no splits or holes, and this does not effect the drawing or sheathing of the sword.

Blade length 32.5 inches.

Strictly over 18's only.

Code: 52345Price: 200.00 GBP

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Vintage Kukri With Bone Inlaid Hilt

A large "villiager" style kukri, with a nicely carved wooden hilt and diamond bone inlays to either side of the grip ring. Blade is single fullered and very sharp.

Blade measuring 14 inches, 19inches overall.

Scabbard present, but having lots a good deal of its leather. It has protected the blade well, and could be recovered.

Complete with original chakmak and karda.

Strictly over 18's only.

Code: 52342Price: 95.00 GBP


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Lion Of Waterloo Statue

A very nicely cast model of the famous statue by Jean-Louis Van Geel (17871852) which sits atop the famous "Lion's Mound" monument created by William I of the Netherlands on the Battlefield of Waterloo.

Likely created as an early form of Souvenir sold to visitors of the battlefield, this charming mid 19thC example measures 3.5 inches wide and 3.5 inches tall.

Code: 52340Price: 65.00 GBP


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Mills Grenade Body

Appears to be an unfinished body.

Code: 52344Price:

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