In good condition, an 1854P British Infantry Officer’s Patent Solid Hilt Wilkinson Sword
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Serial number 14029 with a finishing date of 5th October 1865, having been sold to then Ensign (2nd Lieutenant) Rich Andrews Mitchell of the 9th (The East Norfolk) Regiment of Foot. Bearing his initials under a variant of the Fenouillet family crest (a demi-pegasus charged with a shell) and motto “industria et spe” (With industry / work and hope), it is clear Rich was somehow a member of that influential wealthy family. As indeed he would have needed to be as Wilkinson Patent Solid Hilt sold at a very much higher premium / price to their regular swords, plus the fact he not only had his initials but the family crest added at considerable extra cost.
The 32 1/4 inch period sharpened blade is well etched and in very good condition, the etching a little worn in places, a couple of small nicks to the cutting edge, very firm in the hilt of course. The brass “Gothic” hilt / guard with VR (Victorian) cypher to the cartouche in good condition but slightly distorted as is common and to be expected with these attractive but weaker / softer than steel brass hilts. The grip “scales” and twisted grip wire bindings are very good. The steel field service scabbard has quite a few dings / dents but is soundÂ fairly good. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Very scarce sword with full provenance and further research potential. Very well priced at was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference ZY06. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box n/a