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British Highland Officer's Sword of Major Ian Digby Murray, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

32.75" spearpoint blade with 16.75" median fuller.  Steel full-basket guard of regimental form complete with red felt-covered buff leather liner trimmed in blue silk.  Wire-wrapped shagreen grip.  Blade etched throughout with floral motifs.  Obverse of blade marked with Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders regimental crest and panel reading "IDM".  Leather-covered field scabbard.

Born August 1912, Ian Digby Murray joined the 2nd Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlands in 1932.  While serving in India he was promoted to Captain in 1940.  At this time he was transferred to 1st Battalion, and deployed to Crete in May of 1941.  He would serve in Crete for over a year until October of 1942, when he was transferred to the 4th India Division as a Major.  He continued to serve as a liaison officer for the next year, serving with the 18th Army Group after a short return to the Argyll & Sutherlands.  After the Second World War, Murray continued to serve in the Army, being listed in the January 1946 Army list as a reserve officer with the Gloucestershire Regiment.  He died in 1874 

Condition:

Blade shows some scattered oxidation with some spots of light rust.  Some moderate wear of finish to guard with some needlepoint pitting in exposed area.  Some wear to grip with guard liner showing some insect damage to red cover.  Silk trim mostly intact.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$600
12/08/2020

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