Boer War British Named Oxford Light Infantry
Officer's Sword, Sold
In good overall condition, a Boer War British Named Oxford Light
Infantry Officer's Wilkinson Sword.
Serial number 36415 for 1899, initialed "S G R W" to
the blade, the Wilkinson sales ledger confirms this sword was sold
to "S G R White" of the 4th Battalion, Oxford Light Infantry,
who saw active service in South Africa during the Boer War.
The 32 1/2 inch blade is aged with former rust pitting and patina
patches, but the etching is still clear. Blade firm in hilt. The
hilt / guard with VR Victorian cypher in overall very good condition.
The black fishskin on the grip has shrunk from being dry but is
overall good (repeat application of olive oil may improve / restore),
as are the twisted grip wire bindings. The plated steel scabbard
has multiple small rust spots / patches but is good. The sword sheathes
and draws well.
Plenty of research potential. Yours for £? (too late, now
sold) . Please quote item reference U57 (0899). Further / full sized
images available upon request.