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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.

1854 Victorian British Royal Naval Flag Officer's Wilkinson Sword, Solid Hilt

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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.

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