1895 Pattern Victorian British Infantry Officer's
Wilkinson Sword, sold
In very good condition, a Wilkinson made 1895P Victorian British
infantry officer's sword, named officer
Blade number 32675 for 1894, so the blade was first in an 1892
Pattern and then rehilted into an 1895 pattern when the pattern
changed (very common thing to happen as they both had exactly the
same "dumb bell" blade). The blade bears the initials
"P L I" which are for P L Ingpen of the West Yorkshire
Regiment, as confirmed by the Wilkinson sales ledger for that serial
number. The sword came from a museum sale, so we presume the later
field scabbard to be correct and indicate that P L Ingpen wore the
sword into and throughout WW1. He became Lt Col P L Ingpen, DSO
and bar, commanding officer of the 1/8th Duke of Cambridge's Own
(Middlesex Regiment), 1916-1918, seeing action at the battles of
the Somme, (Passchendaele) Ypres, Scarpe and Arras, sitting as judge
in at least one desertion military court martial where the accused
British deserter was convicted and executed by firing squad.
This sword was purchased by us from the York Army Museum.
32 inch blade in very good condition; it has been re-plated at
some stage, so the etching is not as crisp as it once was, but is
still very clear. Blade bears the Victorian royal cypher, British
Royal Coat of Arms and the initials of the original owner. Blade
is firm in the hilt. The hilt is in excellent overall condition.
The fishskin grip and associated twisted grip wore bindings are
very good,. but the grip has lost most of it black patent surfacing,
as is to be expected (some people use liquid black show polish to
"restore" the finish). Complete with leather sword know,
field service scabbard and frog. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Please quote item reference F80. Further / full sized images available
upon request. Box 932-1.18 (2.233)