Boer War Imperial Yeomanry Officer's Wilkinson
In very good condition, the Boer War Imperial Yeomanry Officer's
Wilkinson Sword of The Lord Cowley, Henry Arthur Mornington Wellesley,
the 3rd Earl Cowley.
Serial number 37307 to the spine. Confirmed on the Wilkinson sales
ledger as having been sold to "The Lord Cowley" (Henry
Arthur Mornington Wellesley, the 3rd Earl Cowley) on January
3rd 1900. Henry Arthur Mornington Wellesley (1866-1919), Landowner,
soldier and ambassador to France. The sword is in exceptional condition
and although it may well have been with The Lord Cowley when he
served in the Boer War, the Imperial Yeomanry carried rifles, not
swords into battle. Almost as new condition.
The 35 inch very well etched period sharpened blade is in very good
condition and firm in the hilt. The hilt / guard is exceptionally
good with just a few tiny scuffs and one small rust spot about to
form. The fishskin grip and twisted grip wire bindings are both
very good indeed. The plated steel scabbard also very good, just
a few small light tarnish patches. The sword sheathes and draws
well, very firm like new when nearly fully sheathed.
This sword is easily refurbishable to as new condition. And from
a statesman / lord no less! Regretting the low price already. Just
£? (too late, now sold). Please quote reference number T72
(0810). Further / full sized images available upon request.