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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

VR / Boer War British Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Named Field Officer's Swordimage F47 1

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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.

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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.

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