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Victorian British Infantry Officer's Wilkinson Sword, for sale

In sound condition (blade very good), the Victorian British Infantry Officer's Wilkinson Sword of Capt Walter Wilton Campbell Stevenson, KIA wearing this sword.

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Serial number 33021 which was sold on February 26th 1895 to a W.W. Stevenson of the 2. Manchester Regt., originally as an 1892 pattern but the blade was then rehilted when the 1895 pattern was mandated. Walter Wilton Campbell Stevenson, 2nd Lieutenant February 1895, Lieutenant December 1896, Joined West African Frontier Force March 1899, Captain December 1899, KIA near Ojesu (where the Great Warrior Queen Ashantuah was defeated) on 24th September 1900. The blade bears his initials and family crest.

Available supporting info by request: Photo of blade's serial number, copy of Wilkinson ledger showing entry, copy of Harts Army List page for Manchester Regiment, copy of Morning Post page regarding his death ("The Ashanti Rising") September 25th, 1900. A photo believed to be of Stevenson wearing the sword in Africa is included in a separate box but can be omitted (to reduce shipping costs) if desired.

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The blade is in very good condition having been protected by the plated steel scabbard for many years. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt and scabbard with plating loss and patina / light rust. Hilt and scabbard in sound to good condition besides and very good prospects for being air / aluminium bead blasted and then replated. Grip in good overall condition as are the twisted grip wire bindings. The sword sheathes an draws well. Capt Stevenson was certain to have been wearing this very sword at his death (their column was en routs and was attacked), though likely using his revolver at the time, killed by a bullet.

A great piece; it is so very rare to get a KIA sword that was being worn / held / used by the officer at the time of their death. A great buy: £750. Please quote item reference number AF20. Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Boxes 1083A-102x18x16 (2.070) & 1083B-36x35x8 (1.078).

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