In good condition, a rare Victorian British London Rifle Brigade Officer’s Wilkinson Sword, the former property of Captain John Ellerton Pawson.
Serial number 12421 to the spine. Confirmed on the Wilkinson sales ledger as having been sold to J E Pawson Esquire 9th March 1864. John Ellerton Pawson was a member of the wealthy fabric warehousemen family business, Messrs. Pawson & Co. of St. Paul’s Churchyard in London (photo further below), and the blade bears the Pawson family crest “On A Mount Vert, The Sun In His Splendour”, plus Captain Pawson’s initials, “J E P”.
The 32 1/4 inch dress weight (3/4 inch at forte / ricasso) is supremely well etched and in very good condition for its age. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt / guard with steady pleasing patina is in good shape, the fishskin grip and twisted grip wire bindings also good save for a small “moth ball” (wear) patch. The steel scabbard has much patina and a small kink one side but is otherwise good. The sword sheathes an draws well enough if a little loosely.
A great and rare sword with full provenance for a very interesting officer. Yours for £650. Please quote item reference T66. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 0811-1m (1.562).