WW1 KIA Scots Guards Named Officer's Wilkinson
In good condition, the WW1 Scots Guards Officer's Wilkinson Sword
of Lieutenant Eric Robert Coats, Killed in Action.
Serial number 54003 for 1917, Lieutenant Eric Robert Coats was
killed in action on 17th May 1918. You will find plenty of information
on this officer and his family just by searching his name on Google.
The 32 3/8 piquet (narrow blade / dress weight) blade is in good
condition, the etching including battle honours up to and including
the Boer War still very clear; some patina / wear but not too much.
Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt / guard with Scots Guard badge
to the cartouche in good condition. The grip also good, as are the
twisted grip wire bindings. The plated steel scabbard with plating
bubbles and light rust is otherwise good. The sword sheathes and
OK, a dress weight blade but officers did not normally carry swords
into battle any more, obviously. So almost every WW1 infantry sword
particularly is going to be a dress sword in effect. The steel scabbard
has protected the blade and can be quite easily replated to improve
the sword as a whole.
A WW1 KIA Scots Guards officer of some repute, his sword in above
average condition for just £? (too late, now sold) is a great
and evocative investment, truly. Please quote item reference number
W85 (1212). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.