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1857P Wilkinson Victorian British Royal Engineers Officer's Sword, sold

In very good condition, a Victorian British Royal Engineers Officer's Sword by Wilkinson, original owner Lieutenant Roger Franklin Moore.

1857 Pattern Wilkinson Victorian British Royal Engineers Officer's Sword, Named Officerimage D29 1

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A well above average example of a Royal Engineer's field sword with brass, not gilt hilt, leather over brass / steel field service scabbard and sharpened blade. The blade is supremely etched and including the original owner's name "R Franklin Moore". The Wilkinson serial number is 15521 for very late 1867.

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The 32 1/2 inch blade, 7/8 inch at the ricasso, is lovely; superbly etched with Victorian royal cypher, Royal Engineers logo and the original owner's name, plus the Wilkinson name at the ricasso of course. The blade has been period sharpened, so the slightest of etching loss towards the cutting edge in places but really, this does not detract, it only adds to the sword. The blade is firm in the hilt, the black fishskin a little worn and aged but very sound, the twisted grip wire bindings very good, one of the small strands apparently missing on the upper turn. The leather over steel / brass scabbard is built for field service and in very good order. The sword sheathes and draws exceptionally well. A fighting sword and well above average. Truly, a great investment. Full sized / additional photos available upon request. Please quote item reference number D29 (715).

Roger Franklin Moore, Lieutenant Royal Engineers 8th January 1868, Captain 24th January 1880 (while serving in India), Major 1 February 1887. Retired and died 1888.

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