Edward VIII British Infantry Officer's Wilkinson
In very good condition, a rare as it is unusual Wilkinson made
Edward VIII British infantry officer's sword. Possibly the former
property of the Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward 8th).
Rare? Yes, King Edward the 8th was only on the British throne for
a very short time, so very few British infantry swords were made
with his royal cypher. Unusual? Yes, for two reasons. First, the
scabbard appears to be original and the sword sheathes and draws
very well, but it is a stylized slightly curved scabbard for a straight
blade. We have seen this on earlier Edward 7th swords, but not later.
Second, the sword was made long after King Edward 8th abdicated
(to marry American Mrs. Simpson). The serial number is 92049 which
is for 1968, which is the year the then Duke of Windsor last attended
a royal ceremony, for the funeral of Princess Marina, Duchess of
Kent. It is believed this sword was specially made for that occasion,
but we have not yet determined for who and if so, why. The Wilkinson
sales ledger confirms this EVIII sword was made in 1968, but does
not say for whom, which again may indicate the Duke of Windsor himself.
Although the hilt and blade bears the cypher of Edward 8th, the
blade is correctly marked in the Wilkinson ricasso etching for 1968
saying "By Appointment To Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II".
The faux fishskin grip is also indicative of the late 1960's, basically
confirming that the entire sword was made in 1968.
Everything is in very good condition; the 32 1/4 inch blade is
firm in the hilt. A rare sword with a very unusual history and scabbard.
Certainly one of a kind and therefore worth every penny. Please
quote item reference G54 (967). Full sized / additional photos available