Wilkinson Marked ERII Rifle Regiment Officer's
In very condition, an ERII British rifle regiment officer's sword
marked to Wilkinson.
Q. When is an officer's Wilkinson Sword not a Wilkinson Sword?
A. When it does not have a serial number (many other makers used
to put Wilkinson's name on their blades if their customers required
This generally very fine Queen Elizabeth 2nd etched British rifle
regiment officer's sword has the Wilkinson logo on the blade but
no serial number, yet I believe it was made by Wilkinson. I bought
it with two other Wilkinson's, an 1897P infantry officer's sword
with serial number for 1974, and a horrible "commemorative"
sword Wilkinson were once mad or desperate enough to make, all from
the same man who swears be bought all three from Wilkinson's Acton
factory in 1974. And I believe him.
This is a fine sword in great condition but the hilt detail / lines
in one area are not perfect. I believe this is or was a second.
Could it still be used for ceremonial purposes by a serving officer?
Yes, I think so. I know of small portable electro-plating equipment
and perhaps one of the many electro-plating service providers that
have sprung up in the UK could improve upon it. but from a distance
you would need a very critical eye to see this as anything other
than a very fine sword with a superb blade. Everything else I have
to say is very high quality and in very good condition.
The 32 1/2 inch blade is lovely and firm in the hilt. The hilt
generally very good with the grip in very good order. The sword
sheathes and draws well into / out of its nickel plated steel scabbard.
The sword knot is good but brown; rifle regiment sword knots tend
to be black. Still, a stunning ERII rifle regiment officer's sword
is exceptionally good value. Further / full-sized pictures available
upon request. Item reference number 941 (438)