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WW1 British Infantry Officer's Wilkinson Sword, Sold

In good condition, a WW1 British Infantry Officer's Wilkinson Sword with owner officer's initials, serial number 45565 for 1914.

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Sold Item Notice

Unfortunately one of the many WW1 serial numbers that can not be researched with the Wilkinson sales ledger (serial numbers 44401 to 54963 are nearly all missing from the sales ledger and there are numerous debates as to why; the most likely being that Wilkinson Sword was swamped with work and simply did not keep good records for the 1914/18 World War One period). The blade has three sets of initials; the first two sets are original to the blade, the last set was added later, probably by the son / a relative when they had the sword replated (it is period replating as it is well done and avoided plating the brass proof slug). The initials are "G. E. B." and "G. N. B."; I suspect these are officer and wife initials, plus later "C. J. B.". So it may be possible to research the original officer owner but only with a lot of research.

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The 32 1/4 inch blade is in good order, some aging, replated so the etching a little feint at the ricasso, but otherwise good. Blade firm in the hilt. The steel hilt is good, some light rust speckling inside the bowl guard. The grip generally good, though some wear / age. The leather sword knot actually good for age. The leather field service scabbard clearly shows the sword was worn in battle conditions as the chape has been period replaced and with a non-conventional replacement. The sword sheathes and draws well.

Interesting sword with research potential. A sound investment at only £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference AC82 (0357). Further / full sized images available upon request.

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