Victorian Wilkinson Claymore British Royal
Naval Officer's Sword (sold)
Exceptional Scottish Claymore bladed Victorian British Royal Naval
Officer's Sword, by Wilkinson.
This is the one of, if not the rarest Victorian British naval swords,
a Claymore bladed officer's sword, and in virtually mint condition
(some minor patination to a few blade areas, some wear as you would
expect). There are very few naval sword collections in the world
where this would not take pride of place.
Being a Wilkinson, it has a serial number, 14844 to the spine,
which is for very early 1867. The Wilkinson sales ledger which is
still available for research shows the original purchaser was one
Charles John Doxat Esquire, so this was his commissioning sword.
The blade is etched with his initials "C J D" to further
confirm him as the original owner. Research shows C J Doxat was
injured on 20th June 1867. I have some of his naval history available
for the buyer; the handwriting is very bad though. After at least
6 months leave, it is clear in 1868 he went on to serve on HMS Royal
Adelaide built as a 104-gun First rate ship of the line, but by
this time multi-decked wooden battleships like the Royal Adelaide
were serving as reserve supply ships, so his injuries must have
been severe. He appears in the 1881 census where he lived at Peak
House, Dawlish, Devon, England.
It is very rare to find Victorian naval swords in such fine condition.
This one being so good and with a Claymore blade makes it particularly
collectible and a very good investment. Do not be put off by the
fact I bought 3 claymore bladed Victorian naval swords at the same
time (see other listings: James
Frisby of Gosport Claymore RN Sword and Thurkle
made Claymore RN Sword); in my many years of collecting this
is the first time I have actually seen one.
The 31 3/4 inch blade is in exceptionally good order, some minor
patination here and there. Firm in the hilt; the guard's gilt still
bright, the fishskin and wire bindings in very good order. The scabbard
is in good condition, the leather a little tired in a few odd places;
it sheathes well. urther / large images available upon request.
My item reference number 436.