British Royal Artillery Officer's Patent
Solid Hilt Wilkinson Sword, sold
In aged and worn condition, an 1857 dated British Royal Artillery
Officer's Patent Solid Hilt Wilkinson Sword.
This sword has the serial number 8486 for 14th September 1857.
Unfortunately, the Wilkinson sales ledger only confirms the order
for a Royal Artillery Patent Solid Hilt sword, it does not give
the purchaser's / officer's name. However, he was a Smith, as the
blade bears the same family crest and inscription "oblatum
respue aurum" as this sword of Carleton
Smith, and came from the same estate sale, so they were related.
This blade has initials on it, but they are so worn and faded; they
appear to be "EdeFCS".
The 34 5/8 inch blade has a steady patina throughout. There is a
very small amount of movement of the blade in the hilt (so much
for being solid). The hilt / guard is sound but aged and stained
with a little deformation, not much. The grip is good but one turn
of grip wire binding is gone.
A Patent Solid Hilt with research potential. Our price, £?
(too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number W44. Further
/ full sized pictures available upon request.