1892 P British Victorian Infantry Officer's
Sword by Wilkinson (sold)
A rare true 1892 pattern British infantry officer's sword in good
condition; this is not a RAMC or RTC sword.
This is such a rare sword, the British infantry officer's 1892
pattern. Oh sure, there are plenty of medical (RAMC) and some transport
(RTC) swords available, but not infantry swords. The reason being
the pattern was adopted for the infantry in 1892 and then changed
in 1895. However, because very few swords were bought between and
1892 and 1895, and because on the hilt changed in 1895, infantry
officers simply had their 1892 blades rehilted. So very, very few
infantry 1892P's exist. The RAMC and RTC continued with the pattern
for many years, which is why you will find 1892P's in fairly good
supply. But not infantry officer swords like this one and with the
Victorian "VR" insignia to the cartouche of the guard.
The 1892P has is in fact the same hilt as the previous 1855 model,
the so-called gilt "gothic" hilt, but the blade had been
improved from the 1845 fullered blade to the so-called "dumbbell"
blade you see here (they thought it looked like a dumb bell if you
looked down the blade with its large central fuller on each side).
This Wilkinson made sword has the serial number 32834 for 1894.
A hand written note with the sword says they called Wilkinson's
and determined the original owner was a "F W Flight" who
received this sword on the 15th October 1894. F W Flight was an
outfitter and Wilkinson's often also recorded the name of the actual
customer when selling to FW Flight, so it may be worth paying the
£19 to get a full Wilkinson sales ledger search.
The 32 inch blade is in good order, just stained a little with
patina, the lovely raised etching still very clear. The blade is
firm in the hilt. The hilt was black when I got it; I have cleaned
it up somewhat but it might stand a little more cleaning without
making it look at odds with the general condition of the sword elsewhere.
The fishskin grip is quite worn which implies the sword saw fairly
active service with its owner. The leather scabbard is generally
good except the shoe / drag area which is falling apart a little
(can be glued). The original leather knot in fairly good order and
complete. Further / full sized images upon request. My item reference
number is 722