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I am also interested in purchasing antique swords and muzzle-loading firearms, particularly British Victorian and particularly Wilkinsons.

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BRITISH MILITARY SWORDS
A British 1827 pattern Rifle officer's sword and scabbard, by Henry Wilkinson.This sword is a bit of an enigma, as whilst it has the Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, on the ricasso, it does not have the usual HW proof slug, nor any serial number on the spine. This may mean that the sword is pre-1854 (when Wilkinson started numbering their swords) and the proof slug used here is one that Wilkinson occasionally used on trade blade. Still, an unusual combination. The scabbard is original to the sword but probably later than the sword and comes with associated belt frog (the leather quite dried out and cracked). The steel of the hilt is quite pitted, but the hilt is totally solid and the shark skin grip and grip wire is all good. Best of all, the blade is in excellent condition, with even patina and really crisp etching.

£295 + P&P
A rare 1751 pattern infantry hanger, made by renowned maker Drury. This example has a hefty 25 inch hanger blade which is in nice condition considering it is around 230-260 years old - it retains a sharp edge and still has its leather scabbard. The blade itself has some little nicks to the cutting edge, but is remarkably bright and un-pitted. The chunky brass hilt is quite tight on the hilt, with only a tiny bit of movement - the brass is all there and in shape and some amount of gilding remains to the surface. This type of sidearm was carried during the American War of Independence and had been more or less phased out by the Napoleonic Wars. The scabbard is all complete, with 95% of the stitching intact - just the brass belt hook is missing. It is very rare to get these swords still with their scabbards.

£695 + P&P
  A British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword, by Henry Wilkinson, numbered 8418 for September 1857. This is a classic example of the British infantry officer's sword by the top maker in Britain, from the year the Indian Mutiny broke out. The brass scabbard probably signifies an officer of field rank, but unfortunately there is no name recorded on the Wilkinson ledger for 8418 - I will include the record with the sword. The sword is in overall good condition and all solid. The folding brass guard 'drop' works well, the hilt is totally solid and the blade remains in pretty good polish, just with a few dark areas which could be cleaned. The etching is crisp and clear. The scabbard is a bit knocked about, as these brass scabbards usually are, the throat is a bit loose and the 'drag' has been dragged quite a bit, causing a hole in the end. Overall a great sword in reasonable condition, from the top maker in an interesting year, that was probably carried for many years by a senior officer.

£499 + P&P
A rare early-Victorian British yeomanry cavalry sergeant's sword, with name. This sword is highly unusual in that it is named for a Sergeant Higgott, 7 Troop of the Queen's Own Royal Yeomanry. It was likely given as a prize or gift. Being a pipe-backed blade, this dates the sword to between 1837 and 1845 and the maker's name of Barlow, Lichfield, is also present on the other side of the blade. Being a sergeant's sword the grip is leather, rather than shark skin, and the grip and wire are in great condition. The blade has even grey patina, but is in very good condition, with clear etching. The hilt is all solid and sound, though both hilt and scabbard have matching pitting - now an even dark patina. A nice big sword and highly unusual.

£525 + P&P
An 1854 pattern infantry officer's sword, by Wilkinson, with officer's initials and crest to the blade. This sword is numbered 25619 and with the initials LHH and crest of a hawk with a lure, was probably the sidearm of Captain Lawrence Harry Hawkes (the Wilkinson records may confirm this). Captain Hawkes was of the 2nd Battalion, the Welsh Regiment, and he died at Barberton during the Boer War on 13 November 1900. He was born in March 1864 and entered the Bedfordshire Regiment in August 1883, being transferred to the Welsh Regiment the following month, and was promoted Captain in February 1890. The blade is in good condition overall, with clear etching, except where the service sharpening has removed some. Some modification has been done to the ricasso, perhaps to fit a new scabbard, and this has led to the removal of the Henry Wilkinson name and the numbers have become feint (though fairly sure they are 25619). There are also some very small nicks to the front edge. Otherwise the blade is all good and firm in the hilt. The hilt is generally good, with the brass all intact and fish skin present on all of the grip except the pommel segment. The thick wire is present, the thin wires are gone. The backstrap has a little movement, but very superficial. No scabbard unfortunately. Overall a nice example of the type, to an officer who died in service and would reward more research.

£399 + P&P Reduced

A rare British-Indian 1821 pattern light cavalry officer's sword, with blade etched to the North Western Provinces & Oudh Police Force. This was a mounted police force raised to maintain law and order during and after the Indian Mutiny. The blade is etched with 'NWP & Oudh' with associated crest/badge, Royal crown, '1857-58 Police Force' and emblem of crossed sabres and lances overlain by a horn. Retailer's name - Firmin & Sons, Strand, London and stamped on the spine 'London Made'. The sword probably dates to 1864-1880. The hilt is in good condition with all the shark skin and grip wire intact. The big 35 inch blade is in high polish with only a few dark marks. The etching has been worn a bit feint from years of polishing in service, but it is still fairly clear at attractive. There is a tiny bit of movement in the grip. Sadly there is no scabbard, but this is a highly rare sword, connected to an interesting aspect of Anglo-Indian history and the sword is overall in very good condition. A nice big impressive sword.

£375 + P&P Reduced

Superb top quality Wilkinson 1854 pattern infantry officer's sword, to named officer, with initials G.L.E.M. etched on blade. The blade, numbered 15577, dates to 1868, the year that the probable officer, George Lycett Engledue May,‏ was commissioned into the 84th Regiment of Foot. He went on to become a Major by April 1883, in the Lancashire Fusiliers. I believe that whilst the blade dates to 1868, the top quality heavy hilt was probably an upgrade, as it is in the 1880's style - so this was probably done by Wilkinson (it is definitely their work) when George May became a Major in 1883 (I own an 1886 example which has an almost identical hilt). The whole sword is in excellent condition, the blade retaining much of its original polish and the etching all being clear. There are only a few slightly dark patches and one very small area of pitting to the false edge and unfortunately the proof slug is missing. The blade has not been sharpened. The hilt is all solid and in excellent order, with crisp edges, tight and complete black shark skin, and all the extra-quality thick wire in place and tight. The field scabbard is another nice touch, I believe also dating to the 1880's, when the new hilt was probably fitted (my 1886 example has a very similar scabbard also). A fantastic sword, with research potential - this weapon dances in the hand. Wilkinson earned their reputation as the best.

£600 + P&P Reduced

British 1827 pattern Volunteer Rifles Officer’s sword, retailed by Woods & Sons. This sword is in good overall condition, with blade retaining much of its original polish and with only minor staining - no notable pitting. The etching is crisp and includes the volunteer rifles badge and the VR royal cypher. The hilt has no movement and all of its shagreen (some a little worn) and grip wire. The leather and steel scabbard is in need of some attention, having split at the end and missing the drag. The sword dates to somewhere between 1859 (the start of the Volunteer rifle movement) and 1892, with the overall form suggesting an earlier date.

£205 + P&P

British special regulation cavalry sword, circa 1853-1864. The overall construction of this is like an 1853 or 1864 pattern cavalry sword, with the same Reeves patent hilt and leather slab grips held on by five rivets. However, the blade is more curved that those regulation patterns, slightly longer at 36 inches, and the guard is a slightly asymmetrical bowl guard somewhat similar to the 1821 heavy cavalry troopers' sword! The guard has two holes which may be for water drainage or some unusual sword knot arrangement. My gut feeling on this sword is that it was either made as an experimental model or (and this is supported by the more curved blade) it was made for an Indian cavalry regiment by special order. It could benefit from further cleaning and restoration work to the leather grip slabs, one of which has perished much more than the other. The blade has pitting. It lacks a scabbard (which if for Indian service may have been wood and leather). However it is an extremely unusual sword and I have not seen another like it, nor seen any like it in original catalogues. It is a very imposing and big sword, with pleasing proportions and some potentially really interesting research to be done on it.

£325 + P&P

 
OTHER EUROPEAN SWORDS
Spanish 1895 pattern cavalry trooper's sword, made in Toledo in 1898. This is a good solid example of an important model of cavalry sword in the history of European cavalry weapons. You can clearly see the new thinking in the hist design which along with other European models led to the development of the British 1908 pattern cavalry sword. In fact this Spanish model is somewhat similar to some British prototypes that appeared around 1900. The grips are hardwood, secured by screw bolts like a bayonet grip, the hilt parts are all steel and very solid, the blade is curved and surprising light weight. This is one of the last European designs of cavalry sword to be curved. The sword and scabbard are in solid condition, but with pitting to the guard and scabbard in particular. There is only very light pitting to the blade. The grip is in good condition.

£225 + P&P
 
NON-EUROPEAN WEAPONS
A 19th century pesh kabz dagger, probably of Indian or Afghanistan origin. The knife’s recurved blade is 24cm long with a thick decorated spine and is in good condition with only small patches of staining/pitting. The point and edge are still very sharp. The base of the blade has a geometric pattern at the base. The bone slab grips are fixed to the full tang grip with three rivets. Both sides have a small section of the bone missing and one slab has a tiny bit of movement but the overall feeling of the knife is quite robust with surprising weight.

£100 + P&P
 
SOLD ITEMS - some examples of previously sold:
Victorian Royal Artillery officer's sword, by Pillin.

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British 1854 pattern infantry officer's sword and scabbard, etched with initials and crest for Charles Bruce Knight Alleyne.

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1890 pattern British cavalry sword of the 2nd Dragoons.

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Rare variant of the British 1796 pattern light cavalry officer's sabre.

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British 1827 pattern 5th Middlesex Volunteer Rifle Corps Officer's sword.

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Vintage kukri from Nepal.

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British 1854 pattern infantry officer's sword, by Jones.

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An 1827 pattern Rifles officer's sword.

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A Victorian British infantry officer's sword, by E Thurkle, with officer's heraldic crest and initials, believed to have belonged to Lieut-Colonel Piers William North, D.S.O.

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A British 1796 pattern light cavalry sabre, by Gill.

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A Victorian era gymnasium sabre.

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George V Royal Artillery officer's sword.

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1912 pattern British cavalry officers sword.

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British 1854 pattern infantry officer’s sword by Wilkinson, marked to A. L. Calcraft, numbered 8973.

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British 1796 pattern heavy cavalry officer's dress sword.

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British 1896 pattern cavalry officer's sword by Hamburger, Rogers and Co.

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British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword by Buckmaster.

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British 1821 pattern light cavalry officer's fighting sword with plain blade.

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British 1885 pattern cavalry trooper's sword, by Mole of Birmingham.

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British 1853 pattern sword by J.E. Bleckmann of Solingen.

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Swiss 1867 pattern infantry officer's sword, by E & F Hörster.

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French 1855 pattern infantry officer's sword.

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A British 1895 pattern infantry officer's sword, retailed by J. Conan of Dublin.

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A rare British 4-bar hilted 1821 pattern Royal Artillery officer's sword with officer's family crest.

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British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword.

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British 1853 pattern cavalry trooper's sabre, by Mole of Birmingham.

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Austrian 1845 pattern cavalry trooper's sabre.

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British 1827 pattern Rifles officer's sword with owner's initials to blade, by Hobson and Sons.

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French 1822 pattern cavalry officer's sabre by Fournier of Paris.

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Italian 1888 pattern infantry officer's sword, by F Horster of Solingen.

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A rare Victorian British river police sword.

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British 1897 pattern infantry officer's sword, made by Fenton Bros.

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British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword.

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British 1890 pattern cavalry troopers' sword, marked to the 6th Dragoon Guards.

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A short sword from Sikkim.

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British 1885 pattern cavalry troopers' sword.

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Indian tulwar, probably early-mid 19th century.

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British 1821 pattern heavy cavalry officer’s sword, by Henry Wilkinson, etched with the initials 'A F' and heraldic crest of a greyhound, with the motto ‘Juste et Droit’.

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Wilkinson 1854 pattern infantry officer's sword, numbered 18818 and initials HPH.

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British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword, by Johnstone of Dawson Street, Dublin.

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British 1897 pattern infantry officer's sword, by Wilkinson. George V. Numbered 61876.

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British 1821 pattern Royal Artillery officer's sword, from 1860, by Hawkes, given to John Tyndale Greenfield by Lieutenant-Colonel George Wilkins C.B., who had served at the Battle of Waterloo.

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French 1829 pattern artilleryman's sabre, made in Chatelleraut in 1855.

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British 1857 pattern Royal Engineers sword by Jones.

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French 1821 pattern light cavalry officer's sabre.

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British 1827 pattern Rifle Brigade sword by Wilkinson, probably owned by Sir Charles Roderick Hunter.

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British 1827 pattern Rifles officer's sword, by Firmin & Sons.

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German 1811 pattern 'Blücher' sabre.

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British 1821 pattern light cavalry officer's sword.

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British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword with Long family crest on blade.

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