Victorian Scottish Field Officer's Sword,
Frasers Highlanders, Sold
Wilkinson made and in good conditon, a scarce Victorian Scottish
infantry field officer's sword marked to the 71st Regiment of Foot,
the Frasers Highlanders (Highland Light Infantry).
The blade with etched 71st Regiment motif started off as a basket
/ cross hilted sword and then was later rehilted as a Scottish infantry
field officer's sword, either to reflect the changing career of
the orriginal owner or, perhaps more likely, as a family blade handed
down from father to son. We know it was once a basket hilt's blade
because the ricasso had to be modified to fit the field officer's
hilt, plus the tang is screw threaded. Unfortunately, when Wilkinsons
(or whichever sword cutler did it) modified the ricasso, they lost
the last 4 digits on the serial number, and so the original owner
can not now be traced on the Wilkinson sales ledger.
The 31 3/8 inch blade is in good condition and is well etched and
firm in the hilt. The acanthus leaf steel hilt has some patina and
light pitting, but is very pleasing to the eye and in sound condition.
The fishskin grip is generallty good, though quite worn with being
held, though not likely in action as the blade has never been sharpened.
The sword knot is pribably a later replacement. The original leather
field service scabbard and frog are typically Victorian or possibly
Edwardian and in very good order for their age. The sword sheathes
and draws very well.
It is rare to find a sword with the blade etched to the 71st Regiment
of Foot, so our price is very fair indeed given this is such a great
sword in good to very good condition. Please quote item reference
J16 (1113). Further / full sized images available upon request.