In very good condition for its age, the Victorian British 1st (Royal) Dragoons Officer’s Wilkinson Sword of Charles Leveson Lane.
Wilkinson serial number 10081 for 1860, their sales ledger confirms the sword was sold to C Lane. The stylized initials under the Lane family crest of a rampant lion “C L” (yes, we know it looks more like an E, but the sales ledger confirms it is not, and there is no historical E Lane fit).
Charles Leveson Lane was born March 21, 1839. He entered the Indian Navy in 1854, and was appointed flag midshipman to Rear-Admiral Sir Henry Leake. He served through the Persian Campaign 1856-57, and was present at the bombardment and capture of Mohammra. He retired from the Indian Navy in 1860, and was gazetted a cornet in the Royal Dragoons (1st Dragoons), from where he later exchanged as lieutenant into the Royal Fusiliers. He died at Westcliff-on-Sea on April 15, 1903, and was buried at the Borough Cemetery, Southend, on the 20th that month. You can read more about him and his family here: Lane of Bentley Hall
The 34 1/2 inch period sharpened blade is in very good condition and firm in the hilt. The hilt / guard with a light inert rusting / steady patina is good. The fishskin grip has some minor wear patches but is generally very good, as are the twisted grip wire bindings. The original sword knot is very worn and tatty but a huge bonus. The steel scabbard with a light inert rusting / steady patina, just like the hilt, is good. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Very nice sword with full provenance on an interesting officer. Go on, you know it’s worth it; £1100. Please quote item reference X62. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1332-121x19x16 (2.462).