1895 P British Infantry (named) Officer's
Sword by Wilkinson (sold)
In exceptionally good condition for its age, an 1895P British
Infantry Officer's sword originally owned by Lieutenant Claude W
Robertson, a Royal Marine Light Infantryman with the Hampshire Regiment.
This is the much rarer 1895 pattern, not the 1897 P you normally
find; the difference being there is no turned lip on the inside
of the hilt of an 1895P. This particular British infantry officer's
sword was made by Wilkinson and is in exceptional condition for
its age, especially as the blade dates to 1889.
The blade was originally in an 1854 pattern gothic hilted British
Royal Marine's Light Infantry sword bought for / by Claude W Robertson
on the 23rd September 1889. Obviously, when the new pattern came
out in 1895, many officers either through attachment to their old
blades or because of cost, or both, simply had their blades fitted
into a new hilt. Actually, the 1895P is meant to have a straight
"dumbbell" blade; this one is slightly curved courtesy
of its age.
The sword is lovely and could be brought back to parade ground
condition with some time and effort and a certain metal polish.
The 32 1/2 inch blade is in near new condition and superbly etched
as you would expect from Wilkinson. The hilt is exceptionally bright,
the fishskin grip in superb order (ring bindings / grip wire also
very good). The plated scabbard has a little age staining but would
come up very well with some time and effort. The sword know it missing
its acorn; I personally would buy a new one but keep the old as
the original authentic.
Further research on 2nd Lt. Claude W Robertson was commissioned
on 1st September 1889 and made Lieutenant on the 1st of July 1990.
He served with the Hampshire Regiment as a Royal Marine. The Wilkinson
ledger confirms the original blade / sword was bought on the 23rd
September 1889. Further research possible / recommended. Further
/ full sized pictures available upon request. My item reference
number is 491.