Queen Elizabeth 2nd British Army Officer's
Wilkinson Sword, sold
In good condition, an Elizabeth 2nd (ERII) 1897 pattern British
army / infantry officer's sword, by Wilkinson.
Serial number 86632 for 1964, this 1897P British infantry officer's
ERII Wilkinson sword is in good condition, and could, we believe,
be brought back to parade ground condition with some TLC and a good
metal polish (e.g. Simichrome); it would also require a new scabbard
and sword knot if desired for serving officer use.
The 32 1/4 inch blade is in good condition, a little rust patch
here and there but nothing serious. The blade is firm in the hilt.
The guard is "frosted" (tarnished) but this should clean
up very well if desired. The fishskin grip and twisted grip wire
bindings are in good condition, a little loss of blackening to the
fishskin (easily compensated for with liquid shoe polish if desired).
The sword knot is worn, the scabbard clearly shows signs of having
been hung over a fire place (one side is a little blackened). The
sword sheathes and draws well.
It is possible to trace the original owner as the Wilkinson sales
ledger exists (costs £10 have a search done and a copy produced
of the entry for this sword), though he or she almost certainly
served for the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire (now
The Yorkshire Regiment), as the sword was purchased by us from the
York Army Museum.
A nice sword at a good price. Please quote item reference number
F86 (935). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.