World War One British Infantry Officer's
Wilkinson Sword, Sold
In overall good condition, a complete World War One British infantry
officer's sword, knot, scabbards, inner bag, and carry bag, by Wilkinson
Sword and with owner's initials and commissioning date.
With the owner's initials, "G. S. M" and feint date "11
May 1914" to the inside of the bag, Wilkinson serial number
44586 to the blade's spine, although the Wilkinson sales ledger
section for 1914-1917 is lost, the initials and the date (presumed
to be the officer's date of commissioning) should allow the identity
of the original owner to be researched via the British Army List
for 1914 / 1915. Whoever the officer was, he gained his commission
just before World War One and therefore almost certainly was involved
in the Great War from the beginning.
The sword clearly has been stored for a very long time as the plated
steel scabbard, used for dress occasions, was stuck in the inner
doeskin bag, where the bag had shrunk with age. It is very rare
and very nice to get the complete sword set like this; sword, both
scabbards, sword knot, doeskin bag, leather carry bag. The sword
has suffered a bit from slight damp etc., though is generally in
good condition. The 32 1/2 inch blade with some patina and rust
spots to the spine, the hilt equally has some rust spots with the
plating bubbled, the fishskin grip and associated twisted grip wire
bindings in good condition. The leather scabbard is very good, the
plated steel scabbard with some plating loss and a rust patch one
side, plus rust spots here and there. The doe skin inner bag is
aged and dry and has shrunk. The leather carry bag is in fairly
good condition, the stitching still holding. The sword sheathes
and draws very well, if a little tightly into the plated steel scabbard
indicating it was probably never or seldom sheathed in that scabbard,
an ominous sign for the original owner.
A great item, very nice to get one complete and with the potential
to identify the original officer. Don't wait too long, it should
sell quick quickly. Please quote item reference number G98 (987).
Further / full sized pictures available upon request.