Boer War Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Field Officer's Sword, sold
In overall very good condition, a Victorian Scottish (Argyll &
Sutherland Highlanders) infantry field officer's Wilkinson sword
with Boer War provenance, original owner then Lieutenant Arthur
Lionel Crisp Clarke
A scarce 1857 pattern Scottish infantry officer's sword, made by
Wilkinson (serial number 34246 for 1896) etched to the Argyll &
Sutherland Highlanders and with the original owner's initials, "A.
L. C. C." for Arthur Lionel Crisp Clarke, who served in the
Boer and First World War, going on to become Lt. Colonel.
Arthur Lionel Crisp Clarke was commissioned into the Argyll &
Sutherland Highlanders as a Second Lieutenant on the 6th June 1896,
promoted to Lieutenant on the 4th May 1898, promoted again to Captain
on the 27th August 1904, again to Major on the 1st September 1915
and finally to Lt Colonel on the 3rd June 1918. He was awarded the
DSO and the following data was found regarding his service during
the Boer War, where this sword almost certainly accompanied him
of course; "Lieut. Clarke served in the South African war in
1999-1900 with the 1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders,
and was present in the engagements at Modder River, Magersfontein,
Paardeberg, Poplar Grove, Waterval Drift. Houtnek, Bloemburg, Roodepoort,
and Heilbron (mentioned in despatches)."
The 32 7/8 inch blade is etched with Victorian cypher, badge /
name of Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, Wilkinson company logo,
thistles and "A. L. C. C.". The blade is in good condition
with the etching still very clear. Blade firm in the hilt. The steel
hilt with some former rust pitting but overall very good. The later
faux rayskin grip (perhaps done in mourning for) and twisted grip
wire bindings are very good. The steel scabbard in good order. The
sword sheathes and draws well.
This is a lovely sword and with it for a named important officer
who no doubt carries this very sword during the Boer War, our price
is comparatively as cheap as chips (get it quick before someone
else does). Please quote item reference F47. Further / full sized
images available upon request.