Circa 1850 British 2nd Life Guards Officers
Wilkinson Sword, For Sale
In overall good condition, a rare Circa 1850 (Crimean War Era)
British 2nd Life Guards Officers Wilkinson Sword and Scabbard.
Based on the earlier Royal Horse Guards dress sword, this is a
rare pre-1855 circa 1850 (Crimean War Era) British 2nd Life Guards
Officers sword by Wilkinson's. There is no serial number to the
blade as Wilkinson did not start the numbering process until 1855.
The blade is an almighty 35 and a bit inches in common with British
heavy cavalry sword blades of the time, but was period shortened
from its original 39 / 40 inches, as evidenced by the longer scabbard.
The problem with the longer blades was that it was often impossible
for officers to withdraw them fully, the point still being sheathed
at full arms stretch, so some officers shortened their blades, like
with this one. This blade length issue is highlighted and confirmed
by the fact that swords made after 1850 are often found with 33
1/2 inch original length blades.
The 35 1/8 inch blade is very good, etching still clear and firm
into the grip. The hilt has some deformation, which is pretty much
common for swords with brass hilts, and there is a little movement,
but it is otherwise good. The fishskin grip is overall good but
aged with wear and a couple of tiny to small patches missing / worn
through. The grip wire is good but a couple of strands are out of
alignment. The scabbard generally is very good with both tightening
screws present. When sheathed there is a slight camber between the
throat of the scabbard and scabbard stop washer. The sword sheathes
and draws well, if a little loosely.
A rare sword made even more desirable by the fact it is a Wilkinson
and well above average. You can impress the hell out of your fellow
collectors with this one, £2375. Please quote item reference
T24. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 0748-121x17x17