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BRITISH SWORDS
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An exceptional 1896 pattern Wilkinson calvary officer’s sword, with patent solid hilt, numbered 43136 for 1911 (one of the latest patent hilts I have seen). The sword is in fantastic condition with only some very minor pitting on the tip of the sword and marks from service sharpening, presumably for WW1. The ricasso of the blade bears Wilkinson’s best quality hexagonal proof slug with clear and detailed etchings. The sword is service sharpened as mentioned and still remains quite sharp. The hilt is in virtually perfect condition, nickel plated in high polish and fine wire-bound chequered patent grips. Housed in brown leather Service Dress scabbard. There is a bend to the leather drag of the scabbard from standing too long. Being the top quality and highly desirable patent solid hit, the whole sword is of course solid and sound. A truly gorgeous sword, from that last few years that swords were still expected to be used in combat by British forces. This sword is currently unresearched.

£1,295 + P&P NEW
An unresearched and unrestored late Victorian Royal Artillery officer's sword by Wilkinson, numbered 35867 for 1898. This sword has a very clean bright blade, with deep clear etching all over. The hilt and scabbard have a light crust of dirt and superficial light rust, which should be cleaned to bring the sword up to top standard. The grip is in fairly good condition, just with a tiny bit of shagreen loss at the pommel. The blade is rock solid in the hilt. The scabbard matches the sword and it sheathes well. An unresearched sword with lots of potential. Restored, this could be used for a modern serving Royal Artillery officer.

£425 + P&P NEW
A rare Wilkinson patent solid hilt Royal Artillery officer's sword and scabbard, numbered 36984 and made for Lionel Leonard Hoare. The sword was sold to Hoare (later Lieutenant-Colonel) in October 1899 (a copy of the Wilkinson ledger is included in the sale). Apart from some very minimal patina in the middle of the blade (pictured), the sword is in almost perfect condition with crisp clear etching. The hilt is in good condition, of course solid on the full width tang, with some sign of previous rust patina. The patent grips are finely chequered and in good condition, all the silver grip wire still being present. The steal scabbard is intact with some aging. A truly wonderful sword of top quality. These do not come up for sale often now and are getting harder to find.

£995 + P&P NEW


 
A Victorian 1889 pattern staff sergeants sword made by Wilkinson. The 32.5” beefy straight blade is in good condition with a few areas of staining but retaining most of its original polish. The tip has some light pitting. The base of the blade is marked with the issue date of 1891, crown inspection stamps and the X of the bend test. The quillon is stamped with 5 different issuing marks suggesting the sword had an active service life. The hilt is in good condition with no movement. It retains its wire and the shagreen is undamaged but for a few small paint marks. The gilt brass guard has been well polished and has a few patches of discolouration. The scabbard has some patches of old rust and a big dent at the base but this does not affect the drawing or sheaving of the sword and is overall sound. The 1889 pattern is increasingly rare as it was only issued between 1899 and 1897 when the new pattern with the dumbbell blade began to be issued.

£275 + P&P NEW - SALE PENDING
1890 pattern British Cavalry troopers sword. The blade (34 1/4" long and at 1 1/4" at the base) is in good condition and despite some staining there is no pitting and it retains much of its original polish. It has been service sharpened both front edge and the last few inches of the back of the blade and has a few nicks along the blade. It has had a busy life with the War Department broad arrow and stamp, the Enfield makers inspection mark and numerous date stamps from 1893 to 1898. There is the bend test mark and a faint unit marking on the hit with what appears to be a D G for the Dragoon Guards. The hilt reflects this hard service and the leather grips are somewhat eroded, although still firm on the tang and serviceable. No scabbard unfortunately. May make a good cutter for someone.

SOLD
An interesting pair of swords of the Rifle Brigade one marked to the Middlesex Rifles and the other simply marked to the Rifle Brigade. What makes them unusual is that they are both hilted with the 1821 pattern style hilt which was generally only used for cavalry or artillery. With their unusual hilts (maybe officer preference or a regimental peculiarity) and rifle etching it is likely the two are a pair. The broader of the two with the stepped pommel still has the rifle brigade cypher and the light infantry bugle but overall the etching is faded and the retailer's name is illegible. The blade has some notches along its length and is stained and lightly pitted. The sword that has the scabbard has the Middlesex Rifles etching and the Light Infantry bugle and the etching is crisper, although faded in part. The blade has a proof slug, and some minor staining. No makers name can be made out. The scabbard is patinated but sound. Both hilts have some movement - the broader bladed one because the wood has shrunk around the tang and the scabbarded one with a little movement of the guard itself. Both are potential restoration projects with repeening a possibility. The Middlesex rifles were formed in 1881 with two regular battalions and four militia/volunteer.

SOLD

A Victorian Royal Engineers officer's sword by Mole of Birmingham. This example is missing its scabbard and the blade has very dark patina and light pitting. However it is solid and sound, the excellent Mole construction meaning the hilt is tight on the tang and the blade is functionally in good condition, straight and perhaps showing service sharpening. Some of the etching is still visible, despite the patina. The brass scroll hilt is in reasonable shape and the grip is okay - some shrinkage to the shagreen and patches of loss. A desirable sword that is in theoretically usable, if not the best aesthetic condition.

SOLD
A 19th century British smallsword in good condition. The blade is lovely on this example; straight, clean and bright. The hilt is also in very good condition, made of some sort of cast alloy with classical decoration. The grip is a bit loose on the tang.

SOLD
A top quality Wilkinson Royal Artillery sword, dated to 1879 and with the officer's initials and crest to the blade, in need of restoration. This sword was made for Cuthbert Edward Goulburn, who was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1879 and went on to become a Brigadier-General. He served in the Boer War and WW1. The sword is presented here in totally unrestored condition, with active rust to hilt and blade and no scabbard present. There is pitting resulting from the rust, but most of the blade etching remains clear, including the Royal Artillery motif and Goulburn's crest and initials. The blade is service sharpened and solid in the hilt. The hilt is basically in good shape except for the rust, the shagreen of the grip is 95% present and the grip wire is all there (silver under the dark patina which requires cleaning). This is a 'project' sword, but a top quality one with lots of research potential - it is priced according to the quality and provenance, balanced against the condition and work required.

£295 + P&P
A hanger of unknown provenance. The hilt is a type, with cast iron grip and two-bar brass stirrup hilt, that was carried by some support troops (eg. Medical) from the Napoleonic era onwards. The straight blade of this example has been beaten up and the hilt assembly is loose. The scabbard has been repaired. Either a restoration or curio piece and priced accordingly. May even be useful for parts if someone has a suitable spare blade. Or fine as a wall hanger.

SOLD
A Wilkinson top quality (hexagonal slug) 1912 pattern cavalry officer's sword dating to WW1. The serial number for this sword (48104) is unresearched, but dates to the war years and the sword is service sharpened accordingly. The scabbard is lacking and the sword is in average condition, having some pitting to the guard, the blade being bright, but the etching is rubbed and worn, and the shagreen is a bit shrunken. Despite this, the sword is solid and sound and of the best possible quality, with some of the etching remaining clear. It would probably respond well to an overall clean and feeding the grip skin. Dating to WW1 and being the best quality it could hold some great research potential. A very nice sword in the hand, for its intended purpose. Replacement scabbards can be bought as this is still the current pattern in service.

£375 + P&P

OTHER SWORDS AND WEAPONS
A French Chassepot M1866 bayonet and scabbard. A tidy example which needs a good clean. The blade is nice and bright with visible inspection stamps (though no maker's writing on the spine). The guard and scabbard need a bit of work with wire wool and oil, but should come up nicely. The brass has thick patina, which could easily be polished bright if desired. The spring catch works perfectly. Nice untouched example.

SOLD
A knife from Bhutan or Tibet, 19th or early-20th century. This lovely knife is obviously fairly high status given the amount of metal and decoration. The entire scabbard and most of the hilt are covered in some sort of alloy which has ben decorated all over with reflief work. The blade is nice quality, in good condition and solid in the hilt. The wooden liner of the scabbard is all present and shows notable age. A very nice solid piece of good size.

£199 + P&P
An Indonesian or Malaysian golok knife. This is a nice example of fairly high status quality judging by the fittings. Probably 19th or early-20th century. The blade has even patina which suggest a good age and the horn hilt is nicely executed. All solid and tight. The lovely scabbard features horn and white metal/silver alloy decorative and structural elements.

£175 + P&P
 

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