Victorian Kings Own Scottish Borderers Field
Officer's Sword, sold
In good overall condition, a rare version of the Scottish field
officer's sword with the regiment's emblem in the guard / hilt as
well as the regimental title etched on the blade. Wilkinson serial
number 13582 for 1898. Almost certainly a Boer War service sword.
A highly desirable special hilt variant of the scarce Scottish
field officer's sword; this one was made in 1898 and has a browned
hilt, almost certainly for active service in the Boer War. The Wilkinson
sales ledger confirms this as a special sword but with no individual's
name, it is presumed this was purchased by the regiment, most likely
to be held by a senior sergeant, in which case it would have no
doubt been in South Africa at the turn of the century.
The well etched 32 1/4 inch blade is in good condition, though
with patina throughout. The blade firm in the hilt, the steel hilt
has rusted but the browning is not all patina; the inside of the
hilt clearly shows it was chemically browned to reduce reflection
which indicates it was intended for battlefield use. The fishskin
grip is aged and worn but still good, as are the twisted grip wire
bindings. The steel scabbard with ball chape is in good order; the
sword sheathes and draws well, a tad loose but not too much.
Not many of these around; grab it quick, just £(too late,
now sold - though we will divulge the original sales price for a
small fee). Please quote item reference J48 (1133). Further / full
sized images available upon request.