1854 Victorian British Royal Naval Flag Officer's
Wilkinson Sword, sold
In good to very good condition, a rare senior Royal Navy Flag
officer's Wilkinson Sword, made in 1854, special solid hilt.
This is a very rare sword in very good condition generally. The
acorn decoration to the scabbard fittings shows the sword was owned
a by senior (flag) officer of Queen Victoria's Royal Navy. There
is no serial number, though we guarantee the sword is a genuine
Wilkinson Sword, so it pre-dates 1855. It has a solid hilt (later
to be patented by Wilkinson), which means it does not pre-date 1853,
as this is when Wilkinson Sword first started making these solid
hilt swords; the solid hilt is where the tang of the blade is wider
and shows through / forms part of the grip, which makes the sword
a lot stronger.
The blade itself is in immaculate condition, except for the very
top of the forte / ricasso, where some damp has managed to find
the steel blade, plus some minor marks to near the tip. It has been
both sharpened and plated, but the etching is so clear that this
must have been done by Wilkinson's when they made it. The Henry
Wilkinson etched logo to the ricasso and shield to the top locket
of the scabbard, are 100% correct, a genuine Wilkinson Sword.
It is really very rare to find a naval sword blade of this age
in such good condition. As well as being very good as it is, the
sword genuinely would make a very good candidate for someone like
Crisp & Sons to refurbish (whiten the grip, re-gilt the hilt,
provide a new sword knot and perhaps replace the leather on the
scabbard) to get a museum grade (as new) example of a very rare
sword. Even just replacing the sword knot and perhaps carefully
painting the grip segments with an off white modelling paint would
probably increase the aesthetics without detracting from the authenticity
of the sword. Some sword dealers and collectors are known to spray
paint speckled leather, such as on this scabbard, to achieve an
original glossy leather look, though we would caution against this.
The 29 1/4 inch blade is, as previously detailed, in very good
condition, and of course, very firm in the hilt. The hilt has lost
the vast majority of its fine almost bronze gilt finish off the
front of the hilt, though retains most on the inside of the hilt.
The special grip has lost much of its white coating to reveal the
dark grey grip sections, but the grip is in very good shape. There
is the remains of the original sword knot. The scabbard is in good
order, though the leather appears to have lost it smooth surface
layer. The sword sheathes and draws very well.
A solid hilt British flag officer's mid 19C Wilkinson Sword in
good to very good condition with the option to return it to full
original glory. Please quote item reference I83 (1067). Further
/ full sized images available upon request.