1874P Victorian British 2nd Life Guards Officer's
Wilkinson Sword, sold
In good overall condition, a late (1882) Victorian 2nd Life Guard
(Royal Household Cavalry) officer's Wilkinson sword, our research
indicates the sword of Sir Herbert Scarisbrick Naylor-Leyland.
Serial number 25140 for the second half of 1882, the Wilkinson
sales ledger indicates this sword was sold through a retailer (outfitter).
However, our research shows the only officer graduating in that
period by some margin of error was Sir
Herbert Scarisbrick Naylor-Leyland, 1st Baronet. Please note:
The guard has lost its 2nd Life Guard insignia, clearly some time
ago by the even patina across the guard. But, if you really wanted
one, you need only buy a replica 2nd Life Guards sword, remove its
2LG insignia, and attach it to this 100% authentic Wilkinson sword.
The 38 1/2 Inch blade is etched with the 2nd Life Guards badge
and Queen Victoria's royal cypher, plus the Wilkinson trade mark.
The blade is in overall very good condition and is firm in the hilt,
a slight bend towards the tip (hardly noticeable). The hilt with
the 2LG insignia missing, in good condition, but with some patina
patching. The grip is worn but overall good; some of the lesser
silver wire grip strands are gone, but this is to be expected as
the swords were help a lot by the Household Cavalry not in battle,
but in ceremonial possession guarding Queen Victoria. The steel
scabbard is overall good. The sword sheathes and draws very well
is close enough attention is given to the scabbard lining (so the
blade runs through the middle).
Not many around! Best grab it quick. £xxx (too late, now
sold - but we will divulge the original sales price for a small
fee). Please quote item reference N86. Further / full sized images
available upon request. Box 1342-1.18 (3.016)