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Edwardian 16th Lancers Officers Patent Hilt Wilkinson Sword, sold

In good though aged condition, an Edwardian 16th The Queen's Lancers Officers Patent Hilt Wilkinson Sword, Sir Leo Francis Page, K.F.C.

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Sold Item Notice

Etched "L F P" to the blade, serial number 42402 for 1909. Leo Francis Page was commissioned as second lieutenant into the 16th (the Queen's) Lancers on a probationary basis on 2nd October, 1909. He clearly did not pass probation as he is not in the 1911 Army List for the regiment. He appears next on our radar on the 22nd December, 1914 when he achieved his Aviators' Certificate flying a Maurice Farman Biplane (Military School, Brooklands). He married Violet the youngest daughter of Captain and Mrs. F. C. Symonds of Hinton Manor, Berkshire on the 12th February 1916, was knighted while a magistrate by King George VI in the birthday honours of 1948 for services to penal reform, and died in 1951. His photo can be seen here. Peerage entry for Sir Leo Francis Page.

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The 35 inch blade is aged with some light rust / patina spots but still good and the etching clear. Blade firm in the hilt (of course). The hilt with some rust spots and a little bending to one side. The grip in good condition, some of the twisted grip wire missing. The curved steel scabbard in good order. The sword sheathes and draws well enough (a little loose until the end).

Rare sword with an interesting original officer owner. Plenty of research potential. Yours for £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number S13 (0615). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.

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