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WW2 Argyll & Sutherland Highland Infantry Officer's Broadsword, for sale

In very good condition, a very unusual WW1 Argyll and Sutherland Highland Infantry Officer's Broadsword by Wilkinson Sword; originally made in 1882, re-etched by them circa 1937. The probable sword of Colonel Arthur Christopher Lancelot Stanley-Clarke.

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Etched to Wilkinson Sword, with the regimental badge of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and an "Eagle, wings expanded, Sable, beaked and membered Or" with the Latin inscription "Reviresco" (I flourish again), which shows this sword was carried by a member of the Clarke (with an "e") family, and the most probable if only possible member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders being then Colonel Arthur Christopher Lancelot Stanley-Clarke.

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The 32 3/8 inch blade is exceptionally well etched and in good condition, firm in the hilt. The hilt with some smaller rust spots but generally really good. The fishskin grip and twisted grip wires are in very good condition; clearly, he did not hold it much. The crimson leather buff hilt insert is aged but good. The crimson tassle is coming apart. The plated steel scabbard has many small rust spots but is good. The sword sheathes and draws well.

A superb sword and further research a must! A great buy at £1200. Please quote item reference number AF48. Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Box 1117-121x19x16 (2.789).

NB: This sword has a serial number 25003 for 1882, which corresponds to the rounded bars of the hilt (later basket hilts have flatter bars) and the use of a claymore blade (later basket hilts having twin fullered blades). Probably the sword of an ancestor, the blade has been blanked and re-etched so professionally, as only Wilkinson could, that you really could not tell this is a re-etching. The crossed sword Wilkinson logo with "By Appointment (not to any stated monarch)" indicates 1937 when King George V died and Wilkinson were using this logo style. In 1937, Colonel Arthur Christopher Lancelot Stanley-Clarke joined the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders as their commander. So we are sure this is his sword.

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