Rare 1857P Scottish Field Officer's Broadsword
In good condition, a very special Cameron Highlander officer's
1857P Scottish field officer's broadsword by Wilkinson, Clan MacLeod,
hilt with Edinburgh coat of arms.
This is a very special George 6th 1859P Scottish broadsword by
Wilkinson. The special hilt has a cartouche with the Edinburgh Coat
of Arms, the blade is marked to the 4th Battalion of the Cameron
Highlanders, King George 6th and bears the coats of arms of the
Clan MacLeod "Hold Fast" over a ram's head. The blade
also has the serial number 66951 for 1938, the year before WW2 broke
out. The 4th Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders was with the British
Expeditionary Force that went to France / Belgium at the outset
of the war and are famous for covering the retreat of the French
and British Armies to Dunkirk. The officer who originally owned
this sword surely perished so his brothers in arms could live and
fight on, or was captured by the Germans and became one of the very
first prisoners of war.
So, not only is this a very rare sword indeed, but it is made even
more desirable by the fact it has so much provenance and connection
to incredibly heroic acts by the soldiers who covered the retreat
to and then from Dunkirk. Because it is a Wilkinson, the serial
number can be researched for £18 with the holder of the Wilkinson
sales ledger. But in any event, you can be sure the original owner
of this sword gave his very best or even his life for his country
against all odds and the might of the German blitzkrieg. What also
is interesting is Dunkirk marked the last time Scots fought in kilts,
so this sword may well have been with him, though I doubt on the
The sword is in generally very good order though has aged of course.
The 32 1/2 inch blade is very clearly and well etched with some
patina, but firm in the hilt. The hilt is in very good order overall
and the fishskin grip and twisted grip wire bindings in very good
condition. The scarlet liner is fair but the royal blue edging has
faded and worn. The scarlet tassel is in good order though some
strands are loose. The sword sheathes well into its leather and
steel fittings scabbard.
Again, this is a rare sword and marked to a very important battalion
for Dunkirk. This sword will only appreciate and I suspect considerably
with time. Additional / full sized photos available upon request.
My item reference number is 819.