Edward 7th / George 5th Nobleman Cavalry
Officer’s Court Sword (sold)
Made in 1910 this court sword was the property of Sir Gray Humberston
d'Estoteville Skipwith, 11th Baronet of Prestwould.
I bought this court sword from the same estate as this Wilkinson
Patent Solid Hilt cavalry sword and was informed they were owned
by the same person. Research on the Wilkinson sales ledger showed
the original owner of that sword (made in 1908) to be Sir Gray Humberston
d'Estoteville Skipwith, 11th Baronet (1884-1950) of Prestwould,
Baronets. This court sword was sold by Anderson of St. James
Street London who was only in business at that address during 1910.
As a member of the nobility, Sir Skipwith would have owned a court
sword so the available facts confirm the verbal provenance of this
A fine court sword made in the year King Edward 7th dies and George
5th replaced him. Made for an officer as the fine etching includes
typical military drums and lances designs. It is almost certain
this sword would have been warn at Buckingham Palace in the presence
of the then king given Sir Skipwith was a nobleman.
The 31 1/4 inch blade in mostly very good order; some very light
rust spots along the blade, some denser rust near the forte / ricasso;
stabilized by me to become so called black patina. The gilt of the
hilt very good, the portepee in good order. The scabbard in good
condition but the fittings have lost much gilding. A lovely sword
to own knowing pretty much it once was worn in the presence of a
British King. Further / full sized photos available upon request.
Sword reference number 251.