Early 1900's Experimental Cavalry Wilkinson
In good condition, a rare early 1900's experimental cavalry Wilkinson
Sword for the (Indian) 33rd Queen Victoria's Own Light Cavalry.
One of the rare experimental swords made by Wilkinson while the
British tried to find a replacement for the highly derided 1899P.
This one was put into service with the 33rd
Queen Victoria's Own Light Cavalry (in the photo you will see
the Corporal of the 3 cavalrymen who wears the uniform of the 33rd
holding this model of sword).
The 34 1/2 inch curved special point Wilkinson stamped blade is
in very good condition except for some patina / light pitting two
thirds the way down. The blade has been period sharpened and is
firm in the hilt. The hilt in good condition, marked "33.L.C
125" (weapon number 125 of the 33rd light cavalry). The leather
field service scabbard in aged and a little worn but overall good
condition. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Clearly, this pattern of experimental sword never made it as an
official pattern for the British Army, as the 1908 pattern was eventually
the 1899P's replacement. But I have o say, I like this sword a lot
and would probably take it over the 1908P any day, if only for the
lighter scabbard and ability to use it as a slashing, as well as
thrusting weapon. I like it! And I think others would too.
Not many of these around! Grab it quick; £? (too late, now
sold) . Please quote item reference Q08 (0315).