1828 Pattern WW1 Scottish Basket Hilt Broadsword
This is an 1828/31/65/68 Pattern Scottish basket hilt broadsword
dated to late 1917 during WW1.
With a serial number of 54872, this Wilkinson sword can be dated
to the later part of 1917, regrettably both a time of desperation
for the allies and also the end of the period of the so called "missing
ledger entries" for Wilkinson Sword; it is not possible to
trace the original owner from the Wilkinson ledger. What does stand
out though is the superb quality at a time when most other swords
being produced were done so as a matter of mass production. Whoever
owned this sword was very proud and / or from a wealthy family.
It almost certainly was made for a newly commissioned officer off
to fight in the killing fields of France and Belgium.
The sword is in excellent condition overall, the 32.5 inch blade
particularly nice, the hilt still mostly bright, the hilt liner
quite good, the leather field scabbard in good order. A rare quality
item from a period where quantity was normally the order of the
day. Further pictures available upon request.