1857P British Royal Artillery Engineer Officer's
Wilkinson Sword, for sale
In very good condition, blade near mint, a scarce 1857P British
Royal Artillery Engineer Officer's Wilkinson Sword, Lobb family
crest, original owner's initials.
A Royal Engineers pattern sword with the Royal Artillery insignia
on it. Complete with Lobb family coat of arms and original officer
owner initials "L I". The serial number is 24831 for 1882;
regrettably, the Wilkinson sales ledger shows simply "Jones"
as the purchaser, which almost certainly is the famous period outfitter
of the same name. However, with some diligent research, it may be
possible to determine the officer from his initials and family crest.
Certainly 1882 was an interesting year, being the start of the British
campaign in Egypt and the Sudan.
The 32 5/8 inch blade is in near new condition and firm in the
hilt. The hilt being of brass is typically bent in places, notably
the lip of the guard on the officer side is bend upwards to form
a lip to prevent fraying the uniform / uncomfortably sticking into
the side of the officer; this plus the once browned scabbard and
period sharpened (by Wilkinson's) blade, indicates this sword saw
active service in Egypt / the Sudan. Fishskin grip and twisted grip
wire bindings are good. The once browned (camouflaged) steel field
service scabbard has been overly cleaned in more recent years, but
is still very good. The sword sheathes and draws like a dream; truly
Oh, oh, oh what a lovely sword. Grab it quick; £? (too late,
now sold). Please quote item reference AB46 (0107). Further / full
sized images available upon request.