WW1 Royal Scots Basked Hilted Sword, (sold)
In parade ground condition, a superb King George V WW1 Royal Scots
officer's broadsword, named KIA officer.
This Wilkinson made sword is in superb condition. I suspect the
blade has been re-etched at some stage but, if so, it is the best
re-etching I have ever seen, the detail of the blade is still there
and sharp. The lovely blade showing maker Wilkinson's name, with
George V Royal Cypher and "Royal Scots", together with
the name of the original owner "J.W.McT.Rainie" for James
Wilson MacTurk Rainie; you can read his war grave details here.
He was killed in action on the 27th March 1916 at the age of 19.
Whether you are looking for a Wilkinson Royal Scots Basket Hilt
for a serving / graduating officer, or whether you are ;looking
for a high quality WW1 basket hilt with provenance, this is the
one. The 32 1/2 inch blade is in excellent condition and is firm
in the hilt, the hilt is also in very good condition, some scuffing
/ slight bending one side, but nothing that a little will power
and good metal cleaner won't put right. The black fishskin grip
is in good order, as are the twisted grip wire bindings. The Royal
Blue edged scarlet liner and tassel are both in very good condition.
The leather field scabbard could use a little brown polish and TLC
to be parade ground standard, but I think it is capable of just
that. The original cross bar is also included, in case you want
to convert it to a cross hilt.
A truly lovely example and evocative with it. A great investment
now that Wilkinson Sword are no more. Further / full-sized pictures
available upon request. Item reference number C24 (622).