1895 Pattern British Infantry Officer's Wilkinson
In good to very good condition, a chemically browned (for Boer
War field service) British 1895 pattern infantry officer's sword,
serial number 33430.
This is the rarer version of the late Victorian onwards British
infantry officer's sword (1895P as opposed to 1897P; the later simply
with a folded down inner hilt to prevent uniform fraying). This
particular Wilkinson Sword made 1895 pattern has been chemically
browned, typically down for service in the Boer War. We put a request
in to the holder of the Wilkinson sales ledger to find out if the
original officer information was available but it was not.
The 32 3/8 inch blade is in very good condition, the etching still
very clear, very little patina, and firm in the hilt. The hilt may
look rusted but it is not, it has been period chemically browned,
as has the steel scabbard; this was typically done by front line
officers who did not want a shiny sword identifying them as an officer
target for snipers. The back fishskin grip and silver metal twisted
grip wire bindings are in good condition, though aged / worn a little,
which only goes to increase the aura of this sword. The sword sheathes
and draws well.
Oh, a lovely and well above average late Victorian / Boer War era
sword, and a great investment. Please quote item reference K05 (1160).
Further / full sized images available upon request.