1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword With Earlier Blade

1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword With Earlier Blade

Code: 11817

£495.00 Approx $598.55, €570.93

An interesting and scarce Wilkinson 1845/97 Infantry officers Sword.

This sword was made in 1879 according to the serial number. At some time it has been rehilted to the 1897 pattern, mated to the earlier 1845 pattern blade, which is one of the harder combinations to find. It could have been done by an officer recalled to service during WW1, or by a relative wishing to carry a family heirloom blade.

The steel hilt with GRV cypher,  fully chequered backstrap, the grip bound with shagreen and copper twistwire. Service wear but complete. Some light rust and staining. With the remains of a sword knot still in place.

Single fullered 1845 pattern blade, 32.75 inches in length. Etched with Wilkinson's details to one ricasso, HW proof slug to the other. vacant escutcheons. The blade brightly etched with foliate decoration, royal coat of arms, and crowned VR cypher. The blade has been professionally service sharpened. Good clean condition overall, some old grease and some minor staining. 

Housed in its original steel dress scabbard with twin hanging rings. Free from dents/splits.

Strictly over 18's only. Photo ID will be required before this item can be dispatched.