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Boer War KIA Named British Infantry Officer's Sword, sold

In good though aged condition, the Wilkinson made sword of Lieutenant Montagu Grant Cantor, the sword he was holding / wearing when killed in action during the Boer War.

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This sword was worn / held by Lieutenant Montagu Grant Cantor of the 2nd Battalion of the Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment when he was killed in action at Bothwel during the Boer War on the 6th February 1901, aged 23.

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Provenance: The blade has the serial number 31955 (1893 - hilted into an 1892 pattern infantry officer's sword and sold to a "Mr Flight" - most likely the military retailer of that name). A second entry on the Wilkinson sales ledger shows the same blade was presumably sharpened / reproved on the 18th October 1900; it does not say for whom, but does state that it was for the 2nd Battalion of the "West Yorks". The scabbard throat is period engraved "Lieut M G Cantor". Lieutenant Montagu Grant Cantor was originally commissioned into the 4th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry in 1896 (which is when we believe the sword was originally acquired by him) and then transferred to the 2nd Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment in 1899. Wilkinson sales ledger information at bottom of page.

The 31 7/8 inch blade is in very good condition and is firm in the 1895 pattern hilt. The guard and grip have suffered a little with wear and age, but are sound / good. The steel scabbard is well aged and has several dings, most likely battle damage. The sword sheathes and draws well.

A very good example and with firm provenance, yours for £(too late - though the sale price can be revealed for a small fee). Please quote item reference number N81 (1333). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.

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