1908P British 5th / 17th Lancers Trooper's
Sword by Wilkinson (sold)
In very good order, a WW1 1908 pattern British cavalry trooper's
sabre, scabbard marked for 5th Royal Irish Lancers, original sword
knot with Totenkopf (skull and crossbones) for the 17th Lancers.
The scabbard is marked to the 5th Lancers, the sword knot with
an exceptionally rare 17th Lancers sword knot skull and crossbones
badge, sword made by Wilkinson, dated January 1912. Is the sword
a 17th Lancer's sword? I suspect not. I suspect a trooper of the
5th Lancers was reassigned to the 17th, hence the sword knot and
Totenkopf. As the 5th were mostly static in the trenches while the
17th served as a dynamic regiment of horse to fill gaps in the forward
line when needed, this makes most sense. The sword and scabbard
obviously has been cleaned of its once war time camouflage paint.
The 34 1/2 inch Wilkinson marked blade is in good condition and
firm in the hilt, with various ordnance marks. The steel bowl guard
and grip both in good condition also. The steel scabbard with some
dents / dings, but good overall. The sword draws and sheathes well.
The sword knot a a very rare 17th Lancers Totenkopf may actually
be worth more than the sword. Further / full sized photos available
upon request. Item Ref: 881.