Victorian British Royal Navy Officer's Wilkinson
The Victorian British Royal Navy officer's (Wilkinson) sword of
Commander Thomas Bowden Triggs, in good condition.
Wilkinson serial number 22208 for 1878, etched "T B T"
to the blade, the Wilkinson sales ledger confirms this is the sword
of Thomas Bowden Triggs; born 19th May 1853, Cadet 23 January 1867,
Midshipman 15th April 1868, Sub-Lieutenant 14th April 1873, Lieutenant
13th October 1876, Commander 30th June 1891. This sword was bought
apparently for his appointment on HMS Revenge in 1878. He also served
on HMS Britannia, Prince Consort, Asia, Active, Comus, Serapis and
Humber. He was married to Annie Louisa Thomas in 1879 (so would
have worn this very sword to his wedding) and had 6 children with
her; regrettably, two of his sons (Thomas Kenneth Triggs and Guy
Triggs) were killed fighting for Canada in WW1. Commander Thomas
Bowden Triggs died at his home in Foster Road, Gosport, Hampshire
on the 23rd January 1921. Our special thanks to Heidi Waugh for
her incredible research.
The 31 1/2 inch blade is well etched, still clear, though with
age (patina here and there). Blade etched with "T B T",
the Wilkinson name and logo, British Royal Coat of Arms and obligatory
The blade is still firm in the hilt, the brass hilt retains some
gilt; the folding guard section works well and located properly
onto the retaining pin of the top locket of the scabbard. The fishskin
grip is in good order, a little grubby but not too much so, the
twisted grip wire bindings have some minor age defects as you should
expect. The leather and gilt metal scabbard is aged but above average.
The sword sheathes and draws well.
A great sword with the provenance serious collectors crave for.
Please quote item reference K34 (1169). Further / full sized images
available upon request.