WW1 British Infantry Officer's Wilkinson
Sword, for sale
In good condition, a WW1 British Infantry Officer's Wilkinson
Sword with owner officer's initials, serial number 45565 for 1914.
Unfortunately one of the many WW1 serial numbers that can not be
researched with the Wilkinson sales ledger (serial numbers 44401
to 54963 are nearly all missing from the sales ledger and there
are numerous debates as to why; the most likely being that Wilkinson
Sword was swamped with work and simply did not keep good records
for the 1914/18 World War One period). The blade has three sets
of initials; the first two sets are original to the blade, the last
set was added later, probably by the son / a relative when they
had the sword replated (it is period replating as it is well done
and avoided plating the brass proof slug). The initials are "G.
E. B." and "G. N. B."; I suspect these are officer
and wife initials, plus later "C. J. B.". So it may be
possible to research the original officer owner but only with a
lot of research.
The 32 1/4 inch blade is in good order, some aging, replated so
the etching a little feint at the ricasso, but otherwise good. Blade
firm in the hilt. The steel hilt is good, some light rust speckling
inside the bowl guard. The grip generally good, though some wear
/ age. The leather sword knot actually good for age. The leather
field service scabbard clearly shows the sword was worn in battle
conditions as the chape has been period replaced and with a non-conventional
replacement. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Interesting sword with research potential. A sound investment at
only £525. Please quote item reference AC82. Further / full
sized images available upon request. Box 0357-1m (1.935).