Victorian 1895P British Infantry Officer's
Wilkinson Sword, Sold
In very good condition, a Victorian 1895 pattern British Infantry
Officer's Wilkinson Sword.
The blade has serial number 13782 for 1865. The Wilkinson sales
ledger apparently says the buyer was an "I King", which
matches the initials "I K" etched on the blade. We have
researched Harts Army list for 1866 but can not find an "I
King"; perhaps he was the father of one of the several listed
officers with the surname "King". Because the family crest
is also on the blade, it may well be possible to identify the officer.
In any event, the blade was made by Wilkinson in 1865 and put into
an 1895 pattern hilt which often happened, as officers were often
loathed to discard a family or otherwise special blade.
The 31 15/16 inch blade ("shorter" due to it originally
being made for an 1854 pattern hilt) is in exceptional condition,
period sharpened and still sharp; blade firm in the hilt. The hilt
very good, the outer lip a little bent inwards, not much, possibly
if not probably period. The grip and twisted grip wire bindings
are good for the age. The steel scabbard with some kink and age,
which really indicate the slight hilt bending is commensurate with
the sword as a whole.
A great sword with an absolutely superb blade and plenty of research
potential; yours for £? (too late, now sold). Please quote
item reference P34 (0261). Further / full sized images available