ERII Wilkinson Royal Marines Sword (sold)
Suspected former property of Royal Marine officer killed during
the Falklands War, a stunning Wilkinson ERII Royal Marine officer's
sword in near new condition.
These swords are so rare to come by I tried to find out some history
of the sword which I bought at auction in England. A friend of mine
and fellow collector said he heard the auctioneer discussing the
sword as being that of a Royal Marine killed during the Falklands
War but which the man's family, who were selling the sword, did
not want identified / the details known. You hear all sorts of provenance
stories regarding swords but this one has some extra credence to
it; the serial number on the spine has had the last two digits deliberately
and recently removed, so the original officer can not be traced
on the Wilkinson sales ledger. This is so unusual a thing for someone
to do, that it supports the KIA marine officer story. The serial
number is 1027-- (last two digits removed), so it was made in 1974.
The Falklands War was in 1982, so the dates support this too. In
any event, whether the notion of one of Britain's post war heroes
makes this sword any more or less attractive to you, it is a very
Again, the sword is in near new condition and would certainly be
more than suitable for a serving Royal Marine officer; I suspect
it would outshine most other non-Wilkinson swords. The 32 inch blade
is in near mint condition and firm in the hilt. The hilt also is
very, very good; the grip superb except for one small rubbed section.
The leather field scabbard is excellent and comes with the frog
and belts seen in the photos. The sword sheathes very well. It is
almost as good as the day Wilkinson's supplied it in 1974.
Well worth the price tag whether you are a collector or buying
for a serving officer. Further / full-sized pictures available upon
request. Item reference number 821 (357).