An original 19th Century example of a British Wilkinson 1845 Pattern Infantry Officer's Sword. With typical gilt brass Gothic Hilt and royal "VR" cypher inset within the hilt. The grip is covered in fishskin and twistwire and the blade is etched with a royal crown, "VR" cypher and scrolling foliage. Complete with steel scabbard.
Quality Wilkinson Sword manufacture
Special mention should be made concerning some excellent 1845 Pattern swords manufactured by Wilkinson. The quality of these is very apparent, especially in the sturdy hilt construction and the crisp, deep etching to thick, wide blades. A good heavy duty scabbard was also supplied in both steel and leather on steel. These swords were made for proper service use and would have undergone strenuous testing at the Wilkinson factory. This sword also has a picquet weight equivalent carried during social engagements. There were never official regulations for the carrying of these lightweight versions, but they are very common and so must have been accepted unofficially by the authorities. Condition is good overall although the blade has been sharpened during its lifetime, leaving some loss of etching to one side. The blade has a serial number - 25019 - dating the sword to 1882. The original owner of the sword is unknown. Blade length is 33 inches (39 inches overall).
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