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.
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.
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
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.