1920 Patt. Wilkinson ERII British Royal Air
Force Officer's Sword (sold)
In good condition, a scarce British Royal Air Force officer's
sword by Wilkinson (1962), originally sold to a "David Charles".
According to the auction house Thomas Del Mar (in association with
Sotheby's) London from where I bought it, this British Royal Air
Force officer's sword, serial number 84546, was made in 1962 for
a David Charles Esq. RAF; I believe this to actually be a David
Charles Wilson BEM (British Empire Medal).
The 32 1/2 inch blade is in good condition, a few tiny rust specks
here and there, plus firm in the hilt. The golden hilt is in good
order except for some wear to just above the main crown. The fishskin
grip is in good condition, a little less than spotless as should
be expected for a sword nearly 50 years old. The twisted grip wire
bindings are good, one small strand on one side a little astray.
The sword sheathes well into its gilt and leather scabbard; the
fittings a little aged, a small kink in the slightly aged leather.
As an ERII sword I will be asked if the sword is in good enough
condition to wear by a serving RAF officer. My answer would be "Only
just, but the wearer will be one of the few with a Wilkinson sword
and also with some history".
These swords are scarce, they rarely come onto the market and when
they do, they often go for just under two thousand pounds, so my
price is very good indeed. Further / full sized images available
upon request. My reference is 748 (286).