1854 Pattern British Infantry Officer's Wilkinson
Sword, for sale
In good condition, the 1854 Pattern British Infantry Officer's
Wilkinson Sword of Quartermaster Thomas Jarrett of the South Staffordshire
This is the Wilkinson made British infantry officer's sword gifted
to South Staffordshire Regiment's Thomas Jarrett upon his promotion
from Sergeant Major to Quartermaster, given by the commanding officer
A.G. Chesney. The Wilkinson sales ledger shows the sword was bought
by A.G. Chesney in 1882, with the initials "T J" etched
to the blade, and a transcript copy of the letter from his CO to
Thomas Jarrett dated 11th May 1882, supplied by his descendant Mrs
Marjorie Jarrett who we bought it from at a UK auction.
The 32 3/4 inch blade is in very good condition save that the very
tiniest part of the tip is gone. Blade firm in the hilt. The brass
hilt is good but with some tarnish and slight distortion as is common
with these "gothic" hilts. The black fishskin grip and
twisted grip wire bindings are very good save a little grip moth
/ wear hole plus a minor wire strand under the pommel has gone.
THe steel scabbard has age and some light former rust pitting but
it good. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Good sword with research potential, all for £600. Please
quote item reference number AE84. Further / full sized pictures
available upon request. Box 1044-101x18x16 (2.153).