1897P Edwardian British Infantry Officer's
In good condition, a Wilkinson made King Edward 7th (with 1872
Victorian blade) British infantry officer's sword, initialed, family
The earlier blade indicates this sword was held by either a very
long serving officer, or that the blade was remounted for a son
or heir to the original officer. Almost certainly the officer(s)
were in the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) (14th
Foot), as we bought this sword from the York Army Museum.
Made by Wilkinson Sword, the blade has the serial number 18352
(April 1872), the initials "C A D" (we presume they are
C A D) and a family coat of arms, so the original owner, and with
that the later heir owner should be identifiable with some diligent
research (regrettably, the Wilkinson sales ledger entry does not
show the original buyer's name).
The 32 1/4 slightly curved blade is in good condition. It has been
replated but very well done, so we suspect it was replated when
the blade was later refitted in and Edward 7th 1897P hilt. The hilt
is good as are the fishskin grip and associated twisted grip wire
bindings. The sword knot we believe is original (to the later hilt)
and is fairly good. The brass scabbard, which indicates the original
owner held a superior staff officer rank, is original to the blade
and the previous hilt; we can tell this by the slight lip of the
throat of the scabbard. We suspect that the sword was most likely
therefore carried by the same officer, that it is not an "heir"
blade passed from one family to another, because the brass scabbard
(for staff officers) would not be appropriate for a newly commissioned
officer. The sword sheathes and draws well enough, but the original
interior wooden slat liners for the scabbard have clearly aged /
gone as it is a little loose.
Still, a great sword with the potential for a bargain with some
diligent research. Please quote item reference F82 (934). Further
/ full sized images available upon request.