WW1 London Rough Riders Trooper's Wilkinson
Sword, For Sale
In good battle worn condition, a WW1 1st City of London Yeomanry
(London Rough Riders) Trooper's Wilkinson Sword.
If you want a pristine example of the British 1908 pattern cavalry
trooper's sword, this one is not for you. Unlike most cavalry regiments
in World War One that converted to machine gunners, the London Rough
Riders saw very active service in Egypt as mounted cavalrymen. This
sword was there. Marked to March 1915, this sword has much of
its original camouflage paint to the guard, which has been been
bent inwards on both sides to make riding with and drawing it easier
(the bowl guard rubbed into the troopers and often caused issues
when getting your hand round to draw the sword). Matching serial
numbers to the hilt and scabbard too!
The 34 3/4 inch blade has some inert rust pitting but is overall
good and firm in the hilt. The bowl guard has good amounts of original
camouflage paint remaining, and has the edges been turned / bent
in for active service use; it has active service wear besides but
is very sound. The grip in good condition. The steel scabbard has
wear, patina and some inert pitting nut is very sound. The sword
sheathes and draws well.
Read the WW1 battle adventures of the London Rough Riders, hold
this sword as it was there, and imagine. Best ever price for such
a great sword; £700. Please quote item reference U77. Further
/ full sized images available upon request. Box 0914-121x17x17 (3.199).