Victorian 1895P British Infantry Patent Solid
Hilt Wilkinson Sword, sold
In good condition, a Victorian 1895P British Infantry Patent Solid
Hilt Wilkinson Sword, the former property of C.E. Wilson of the
East Lancashire Regiment.
Serial number 32190 for June 12th 1893, the blade would therefore
have originally been mounted into a brass gothic 1854 pattern hilt
and then rehilted with the new steel 1895 pattern hilt at a later
date. The Wilkinson sales ledger confirms the original sword / blade
was sold to C.E. Wilson, E. Lancs. Regiment, which verifies the
initials etched on the blade of "CEW". We know he made
the rank of Captain and may have then changed regiments. We also
know he, with this sword, was at the Battle
of Omdurman and served as president of the military court that
tried and sentenced to death Hendrik Jacobus van Heerden as a rebel
in South Africa / the Boer War.
The 32 inch blade is overall very good but with some now inert rust;
the etching is mostly still very clear, except for the Wilkinson
logo. Blade firm in hilt / grip, of course. The plated steel hilt
has turned light amber with age with rust spots here and there,
but is sound / good overall. The composite grip with part blade
tang exposed is in good condition. The plated steel scabbard has
also aged as the hilt but is good and sound. The sword sheathes
and draws well.
A Wilkinson Patent Solid Hilt with full provenance for just £?
(too late, now sold) is a great deal. Please quote item reference
number W22 (1140). Further / full sized pictures available upon