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EL6071 - An Edward VII period Wilkinson cavalry officer's sword, 1896 pattern, numbered for 1902 and unresearched. This sword has some cosmetic issues, namely the russet surface of the guard and backstrap and the scabbard having been repaired, but it is a numbered Wilkinson and is structurally sound. The blade is in fairly good condition, with clear etching, absolutely rock solid in the hilt. The whole hilt assembly is tight and with no movement. The guard and backstrap have obviously been allowed to attract surface rust at some point and this has been superficially cleaned off, leaving the russet surface you see now. This could certainly be cleaned further, even to a bare steel finish, with some work. The shagreen grip is very good and all the silver grip wire is present and tight. The field service scabbard is present, but it was obviously broken, or fell apart, at some time and has been patched back together. Essentially therefore this is a good sword, by Wilkinson with research potential, but probably requires some work to bring it up to standard. Priced accordingly.

345 + P&P NEW - UNDER OFFER


EL6070 - A mid-Victorian Rifle Volunteers officer's sword, with silver shield to the pommel. A fairly standard example of the pattern (1827 Rifles hilt with 1845 blade), in decent condition, but with the unusual feature of the officer's initials and crest (now very rubbed) in a silver shield applied to the pommel base. The sword retailed by Browne of London, from an unknown maker (probably Solingen), the blade is fairly clean with clear etching. The guard and backstrap with matching light patina and quite clean - everything tight and secure, without movement (though there is a little bit of a rattle in the backstrap). The leather washer is still present, though the sword lacks a scabbard unfortunately. The shagreen grip is in good condition and the grip wire is all present, though a couple of strands are a little loose.

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EL6069 - A Napoleonic British flank officer's sabre, 1803 pattern, with ivory hilt and scimitar style blade by Runkel. This is a top quality sword that has suffered from service use and time. The ivory grip has some chips to the pommel end (though is quite firm on the tang) and the service sharpened blade has some pitting towards the tip and edge nicks. The presence of edge nicks in this case may actually indicate combat rather than someone messing around, as the edge is sharpened and the nicks are from a correspondingly sharp edge in the part of the blade that you might expect from combat. The blade is otherwise in structurally good condition and with some further cleaning could be very nice indeed. The symbolic motifs are rather charming, including a dragon and a Turk's head with crescent moon (almost certainly alluding to the very curved 'scimitar' style blade). The bronze guard carries the GR monogram of George III and is in fairly good shape, with nice patina - it is however rather loose, due to the loss of the leather washer (though the grip, as stated, is quite firm on the tang). All in all, a very nice sword which would benefit from some restoration, or make a very respectible example of the type as it is.

Due to the ivory grip, only for sale within the UK.

495 + P&P NEW
EL6067 - A lovely quality big late-Victorian light cavalry officer's sword (blade 35 inches) retailed by top outfitter Hawkes and almost certainly supplied to them by Wilkinson. Apart from the crown proof slug (which Wilkinson used on trade swords), the etching seems like it could only be Wilkinson's characteristic frost and mirror deeply etched style. The blade is in very good condition, with most of the original polish and frost etching - it would benefit from some gentle soft buffing to really bring it up to top standard. The guard and backstrap have a pleasing smooth dark patina (perhaps browned originally) with nice thick guard bars and everything rock solid. The shagreen and grip wire is perfect considering the age. The sword dates almost certainly to the 1880s or early 1890s. In its field service scabbard. A really pleasing sword in the hand.

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EL6065 - An 1895 pattern infantry officer's sword (dating to 1895-96), with an Indian service style scabbard. The proof slug suggests that this was probably the work of Edward Thurkle and the hilt features a copper-alloy backstrap and ferrule, which may possibly indicate that this was initially fitted with a gothic style hilt, before then receiving the 1895 pattern steel guard. Then again, the backstrap is in the 1895 style, so the hilt and blade may all be contemporaneous.  The steel parts all have matching grey patina, though the etching of the blade is nice and clear. Everything is tight in the assembly and all the shagreen and grip wire is present and tight. The scabbard leather is flaking and overall the sword could benefit from some gentle restoration.

295 + P&P NEW
   
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EL6064 - An exceptional presentation 1857 pattern Royal Engineer's officer's sword, with dated dedication to the officer, by Wilkinson. The dedication etched on the blade reads, "Presented to gentleman cadet Richard H B Beaumont on obtaining his commission from the Royal Military Academy June 1858, for his exemplary conduct while at the institution". The blade is bright and clean, with clear etching and is firm in the hilt. It is numbered 9268 (for manufacture in 1858) - this pattern had only existed for a few months when this example was made. The brass hilt is all in good shape and without movement, having traces of gilding remaining in the recesses. The grip is very good, with the shagreen 99% complete, with just a little lifting at the pommel end (though secure). The grip wire is all complete and tight. It is housed in a steel scabbard, but it is somewhat stiff to draw - either this is a replacement scabbard or a slight dent has made it that way. A rare chance to get hold of a presentation version of one of the most sought after British Army sword patterns, an early example, in great condition and by the top maker of the day.

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EL6066 - An Artillery Volunteers officer's sword which has had the hilt and scabbard silver plated, with the blade nickel plated. There is an officer's name on the blade, but I cannot quite read it through the later plating. After the blade was plated, someone has service sharpened this sword (see photos), so that the bare steel appears darker in the foible of the blade (with the copper coating under the plating also appearing) and the edges, both front and back, are quite sharp still. The fact that this is a named artillery volunteers officer's sword, but it has been service sharpened, suggests that either the officer saw active service themselves, or they passed on the sword to someone who did see active service. The sword, other than the patina on the bare steel of the service sharpening, is in lovely condition and the silver plating has been polished for these photos and is in good condition. The shagreen and grip wire are also complete and in good condition. The hilt is all tight on the tang and the proof slug looks like Pillin's. Arguably the service sharpening on a volunteers sword makes this even more interesting and it may be possible to decypher the officer's name and unlock its history.

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EL6068 - An 1896 pattern cavalry officer's sword from George V's reign. The 35 inch blade with Wilkinson's trade proof slug (sold by a retailer rather than Wilkinson directly), the blade being bright with only minor blemishes and the etching clear. The honeysuckle pattern guard bright and the whole hilt completely tight on the tang. The chequered backstrap and pommel in nice condition and the shagreen grip very good. A couple of the thinnest strands missing from the silver grip wire, but otherwise good. Together with the field service scabbard and an unusual belt loop which seems to have age matching that of the scabbard and sword, suggesting this having been worn slightly differently to the normal Sam Browne arrangement.

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EL6003 - A rare variant of the Napoleonic era British infantry officer's spadroon (1796 pattern), featuring a double-edged blade with part flattened-diamond and part hexagonal section blade. The blade engraved with the royal coat of arms and motto, as well as the pledge "For My Country and King" to both sides. Hilt of regulation form, but high quality manufacture, with gilt brass guard and pommel (much gilt remaining) and a silver wire-bound grip which has a flattened front and back, better suited to swordsmanship than the normal oval-section grips. Hilt construction all fairly tight. No scabbard.

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EL6062 - A mid-Victorian light cavalry officer's sword by Wilkinson, with crest and initials to named officer. Number 13041 (for April 1864) the officer in question was Hugh Berkeley Griffiths Esq, of the 4th Queen's Own Hussars and an electronic copy of the Wilkinson proof record is included in the sale. The blade recorded as a 'Medium light cavalry', meaning that is is a little lighter than the normal regulation, at 34 1/2 inches by 1 1/8 inches. As a result this feels great in the hand and in my experience a lot of officers after the 1860s were ordering this slightly lighter weight blade (which is still bigger than an infantry officer's sword). The blade has beautiful crisp etching and the initials and crest are very clear. It is solid in the hilt and everything is tight. The guard and scabbard are dark with patina, but in sound condition. The shagreen has a little wear from use, but is secure and 95% complete. The silver grip wire is all present. A very nice sword of the top quality of the day, which also feels lovely in the hand.

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EL6063 - A Victorian Surrey Artillery Volunteers officer's sword, retailed by W. Roberts & Co of London. In basically sound condition, with everything tight. The blade quite bright with light patina and crisp etching. The guard, backstrap and scabbard have been deliverately painted in a vaguely khaki colour - this was done for some Boer War and WW1 swords, but given that this is a Surrey Artillery Sword and it has not been service sharpened, it is anyone's guess as to why it was carefully painted. The paint could be stripped off with paint remover. The shagreen has some loss at the pommel end and the copper grip wire is in good condition.

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EL6060 - An early Victorian infantry officer's sword, 1822 pattern, with pipeback blade and brass scabbard. Dating to 1837-1845, this example is in good condition, with a bright blade (etching faint though), bright brass scabbard and hilt. The blade has been service sharpened. The shagreen and grip wire are in good condition, though due to compression of the leather washer, the guard is now a bit loose.

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EL6059 - A mid-Victorian Royal Navy officer's sword with non-regulation claymore/broadsword style blade. Marked to outfitter R German of Devonport. The blade with detailed and good quality etching. Some light pitting towards the tip and a light grey patina overall, but the etching is crisp and the blade is generally quite bright. Regulation folding gilt brass guard and lion-head pommel. White shagreen and grip wire in good condition. The blade is firm in the hilt. No scabbard.

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EL6058 - A Victorian Rifles officer's sword, made by Thurkle. Probably dating to the 1870s or 1880s, this Rifles officer's sword carried Thurkle's proof slug and is in good tidy condition, though with the blade etching rather faint. The blade is quite bright and has been service sharpened, with some very minor edge dings. The guard and backstrap are bright and in good condition, with all the shagreen and most of the silver grip wire present. The hilt is tight on the tang. A nice nimble sword. No scabbard.

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EL6057 - A rare mid-Victorian Royal Artillery gunner's short sword. The blade is bright condition with much original mirror polish and frost etching, the whole edge bevel service sharpened to a fine edge. Some small nicks to the cutting edge. The hilt and scabbard with matching dark patina and pitting. The shagreen and grip wire in good condition. Housed in its original steel scabbard with frog button. Roughly Crimean War era - a rare piece.

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EL6025 - An 1899 pattern cavalry sword, with unusual scabbard and service sharpened. This sword is in good condition and the hilt and scabbard have been deliberately browned for active service (probably Boer War). The sword was made at Enfield in 1901 and has various relevant markings. The scabbard is unusual, having two rings on the same side, rather than the usual opposite/parallel rings for saddle mounting. This is similar to the 1889 pattern infantry sergeant's sword, though this scabbard fits this blade perfectly and they obviously belong together - it may indicate mounted infantry rather than cavalry use. The blade is in really good condition, with a well service sharpened edge and point.

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EL6061 - A 19th century Indian tulwar, with lenticular un-fullered blade and Northern Indian (probably Pubjab) style hilt, with knucklebow.

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EL6056 - An Italian M1871 cavalry sword, featuring the characteristic pipe-backed blade and thumb recess which marked out this pattern from previous Italian cavalry swords and set the model for later Italian types. Everything is tight, the sword sheathes well in the matching steel scabbard and the steel is all in nice condition with some patina and only small areas of light pitting in places. There are traces of plating to the backstrap and pommel. Various numbers and markings showing to blade and hilt. The wooden grip has a tiny split near the pommel, but this seems stable. An iconic sword design of the late-19th century which Sir Richard Francis Burton considers in his famous 1876 manual on swordsmanship.

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