Victorian Seaforth Highlanders Ross-Shire
Buffs Officers Sword (sold)
Henry Wilkinson made (1885), owner initialed Victorian Seaforth
Highlanders Ross-Shire Buffs officer's basket hilted broadsword
for sale; exceptional blade.
This is a real sleeper of a sword; I do not think the blade has
been out of the scabbard for 100 years. While the scabbard and hilt
(and originally royal blue leather basket liner) have clearly all
seen the test of time, the owner initialed, regimentally marked
blade by Wilkinsons is in near mint condition; you will not find
a blade like this in such good condition anywhere.
The blade's serial number is 26935 which means it was made in 1885.
I have not performed a Wilkinson Sales Ledger search (these cost
£16 if you would like it done) to determine the name of the
original owner who bought it. I did research Hart's Army List for
1890 and could not find an officer with the initials "A I M"
listed, so he either resigned his commission, moved to another regiment
or perhaps was wounded or even killed in the Crimea War; the Seaforth
Highlanders Ross-Shire Buffs saw action in the Crimea towards the
end of that war. So you may find a worthy and rewarding research
project as Victorian British army officers are fairly easily researched
Online as long as you have their name of course. Earlier editions
of Harts are also available online if you really want to research
the original owner thoroughly.
The sword is in good condition overall, the hilt does have some
corrosion though it is mostly light, the scabbard is quite well
corroded but this is not deep and the next owner may decide to refurbish
(re plate) it and the hilt. The leather basket hilt leather liner
has faded so the colour has gone, but it could be re dyed. The fishskin
grip is in very good order and the ring binding (twisted wire) are
complete and firm. The red tassel is original and in good order
though coming away a little. The sword sheathes exceptionally well,
the blade is firm and straight. I have stabilized the exterior rust
so it is inert. Further pictures available upon request. Ref: 174