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1895P Wilkinson VRI India Staff Corps Named Officer's Sword, sold

In very good condition, an 1895 pattern British infantry officer's sword, "VRI" Victorian India cypher, initialed to blade "GCH" for India Staff Corps officer G C Hodgson.

1895 Pattern Wilkinson VRI India Staff Corps Named Officer's Swordimage H20 1

Sold Item Notice

This is an exceptionally well made sword in very good condition. Serial number 34800 for 1897, the Wilkinson sales ledger confirms this sword was made for and sold to G C Hodgson of the India Staff Corps. Our limited research shows he was awarded the DSO and achieved at least the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel while serving with the 23rd Sikh Pioneers.

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The 32 1/2 inch blade is well etched and in very good condition, some freckled staining (we believe this can be removed with a good metal polish / cleaner) and firm in the hilt. The hilt equally good, again with the same level of freckled staining and again likely to be able to be improved. The black patterned leather grip (some officers preferred leather over fishskin) and associated twisted grip wire bindings are in good order, the pattern of the leather a little worn from being handled, but not too much. The original leather sword knot, field service scabbard, frog and straps are in very good condition for their age, some wear and scuffing, etc of course, but not too much. The sword sheathes and draws very well.

This is a superb, well above average example and a bargain. Please quote item reference H20. Further / full sized images available upon request.

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