Attributed English Rifle Regiment Officer’ Sword, 1827 pattern. 33” single fullered straight blade
Marked PROVED on one side. Etched blade has the King’s Tudor Crown and a strung bugle on one side and King George V cypher on the other. The left side of the blade is engraved “A.F. COVENTRY 2nd WUEEN’S OWN REGIMENT CANADA 1914”. There is very little staining on the blade, which is loose in the scabbard. There is a steel guard with a King’s Crown and strung bugle motif. Steel pommel with fish skin covered brass wire wrapped grip. Steel loose ring scabbard.
Alan Freeth Coventry was born on 23rd September 1888 in London, England. He was a Lieutenant in the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada. At the outbreak of war in 1914 he attested in the 35th battalion CEF. He gave his occupation as a Lecturer at the University of Toronto. He claimed 2 years prior service in the Oxford university O.T.C. Prior to going overseas he joined the Intelligence Corps in Toronto as a Lieutenant. He gave his Militia unit as the Corps of Guides. In 1918 he joined the University of Toronto draft to the 1st Canadian Tank Battalion as a Lieutenant. He served mainly in England but his service included a tour of Instruction in France from 26.10.18 to 11.11.18. Ex Jeffrey Hoare Auctions.