Edwardian Wilkinson Patent Solid Hilt Cavalry
Officer's Sword, sold
In good condition, the Edwardian / WW1 Wilkinson Patent Solid
Hilt Sword of Charles Steele, 13th Hussars.
It is quite likely that this sword was carried and used during
WW1 after service in France, in Iraq / Mesopotamia, against the
Turks during 1917, including the capture of Baghdad when then Captain
Charles Steele temporarily commanded part of the 13th Hussars during
the capture of Baghdad. Serial number 40061 confirmed on the
Wilkinson sales ledger as having been sold to him on the 16th March
1904, the blade, period sharpened, bearing his initials "C
The 34 7/8 inch blade is in good condition, some wear, some very
light rust, very firm in grip / hilt. The hilt / guard in good shape.
The composite grip sound to good, no twisted grip wire (no evidence
there ever was). The field service steel scabbard has lost most
of its browning but is good. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Officers were not required to change swords when patterns changed
or there was a change of monarch. Plus, based on photos in official
records for this regiment, most officers (including Lt. Col. J.
J. Richardson. D.S.O., commander of the 13th Hussars) kept their
earlier pre-1912P swords. So it is almost certain Steele kept and
had his, this sword. In any event, it is a fine Patent Solid Hilt
with absolute provenance to a very important officer of the 13th
Hussars. So £? (too late, now sold) is an absolute bargain
in any event. Please quote item reference number W77 (1201). Further
/ full sized pictures available upon request.