Victorian Wilkinson Kings Own Scottish Borderer
Henry Wilkinson made (1883) Victorian Kings Own Scottish Borderer
officer's basket hilted broadsword for sale.
Scarce regimentally marked basket hilt by Wilkinson, serial number
25294 (first sword proofed in 1883); unfortunately the Wilkinson
sales ledger is amiss for this sword (Wilkinsons got the numbers
Vs purchasers confused for a section of the ledger) but the original
owner may still be able to be determined (an 1884 / 85 Hart's Army
List, which I do not have a copy of, would show the newly commissioned
officers for the Kings Own Scottish Borderers which could be cross-referenced
with the names on the Wilkinson ledger). Anyway, as it stands this
is a fine sword which may well appreciate in value significantly
if someone spends a little time and money on research.
The sword is in good condition overall, the 32 1/4 inch blade a
little worn more one side than the other, the hilt still mostly
bright, the hilt liner / scarlet / blue ribbon trim good (likely
a replacement), the nickel plated scabbard in good order. Further
pictures available upon request.