1897P Victorian Royal Engineers Officer's
Sword, Wilkinson, sold
In good overall condition, a Wilkinson made 1897 pattern British
Royal Engineers Officer's Sword, serial number 36059 for 1898.
A Boer War era sword, the blade etching particularly crisp and
The 32 inch has had the tip rounded off; perhaps it was damaged
impaling someone, or perhaps it was done by the owner to make the
sword safe when he retired. But with the blade at 32 inches, it
does not really show nor detract. The etching is very good, the
blade firm in the hilt. The plated hilt has suffered through time
with the plating almost gone, but the steel seems sound and without
pitting, so this would make a very good candidate for the hilt to
be re-plated for what would make an exceptionally fine sword given
the superb condition of the etching on the blade. The fishskin grip
with its fine twisted silver / steel grip bindings are in very good
shape. The plated steel scabbard is missing its suspension rings
and again, would be a good candidate for re-plating along with the
hilt to provide a very fine item.
We have not researched the original owner. A copy of the Wilkinson
sales ledger exists and requests for information cost just £10;
hopefully, this would provide the original offer's name. A very
good sword. Further / full sized pictures available upon request.
Please quote item reference number D50 (749).