1895P Wilkinson Infantry Officer's Sword,
Grenadier Guards blade, sold
A scarce 1895 pattern British infantry officer's Wilkinson sword
with earlier Grenadier Guards blade, the blade in very good condition,
the hilt in average condition; officer identified.
This is the sword of Colonel Frederic Hambleton Custance, commissioned
into the Grenadier Guards in 1863, who became Colonel of the 3rd
Battalion of the Norfolk Regiment in 1896. This mirrored by the
sword, with a Wilkinson Sword blade, serial number 12802 (confirmed
on the Wilkinson sales ledger as having been sold to "F Custance
Esq" on the 22nd September 1863, then being rehilted into the
correct 1895 pattern hilt for an infantry officer as he became in
1896. The blade in very good condition, etched with battle honours
and regimental device for the Grenadier Guards, plus the Victorian
royal cypher. A truly excellent sword for refurbishment if desired!
Frederic Hambleton Custance was quite a colourful, well connected,
if not unfortunate fellow. He owned a well appointed trout hatchery
and farm in Norfolk, and he filed a criminal libel complaint which
lead to a prosecution against the husband of his own child / daughter.
There is much research that can be done regarding this person and
The 32 inch blade is in very good condition and firm in the hilt.
The hilt has suffered over the years, with plating spot loss and
some rust. The grip is overall good, both fishskin grip and twisted
grip wire bindings. Original sword knot is good order. The steel
scabbard with some staining and dings but overall good. The sword
sheathes and draws well. A great sword with plenty of history. Please
quote item reference number G97. Further / full sized pictures available