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Victorian / Boer War British Infantry Officer's Wilkinson Sword, sold

In good overall condition, a Victorian / Boer War British Infantry Officer's Wilkinson Sword; a perfect home restoration project to potentially yield a museum grade piece.

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Serial number 36560 for early 1899. Steel hilt (not plated); not a dress sword. Blade section near the end sharpened for field use. We have not researched the original owner / officer with Royal Armouries (keeper of a copy of the Wilkinson sales ledger), but we suspect it will be for an officer that served in the Boer War. The cost of a Wilkinson Sword serial number report is just £10.

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The 32 1/2 inch blade with period sharpened point section is in very good condition and firm in the hilt. The steel hilt has rust / patina blotches but being unplated steel could be home refurbished. The fishskin grip with wear but good and the twisted grip wire bindings present but with some movement; this sword has been held a lot. The steel scabbard with patina / rust patches but good. The sword sheathes and draws well.

Well worth paying the Royal Armouries a £10 Wilkinson research fee. Well suited to easy careful home restoration (the critical blade being superb). Well worth £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number AF38. Further / full sized pictures available upon request.

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