1827 P British Naval Senior Staff / Flag
Officer’s Sword (Sold)
A rare senior British naval staff's / flag officer's sword (original
owner's name known) with crest to hilt, by Henry Wilkinson
Wilkinson made, levee weight, numbered 12526 for 1863 (Wilkinson
sales ledger states it was finished on the 1st June 1863 and describes
it as a "Regulation Naval Sword with Straight Flat Solid Latchen
Point" and sold to a Thomas Royle. I have only done minimal
research but found out Thomas Royle served on HMS
Victoria, the largest first rate triple decked ship of the line
/ the largest wooden battleship ever built; it is really good to
hold this sword and know it once was on such an incredible ship.
With the tell-tale oak leaves and acorns finishing to the scabbard
fittings, you know this is a senior staff / flag officer's sword.
This sword also has a crest marked to the folding guard; I presume
it is his family's crest; further research also seems appropriate.
Well etched 31 inch blade is in very good order, some patina spots
but not many, and firm in the hilt. The fishskin grip is in good
order too; the hilt generally good and the folding guard locks down
onto the scabbard well. The scabbard leather a little tired in places
but firm; the fittings in good order though the centre band loose
(runs up and down - quite a normal situation - can easily be glued
if required). Original sword knot in fairly good order and included.
Further / full sized pictures available upon request.