Victorian British 19th Hussars / 3rd Dragoon
Guards Sword, For Sale
In good condition, a Victorian British 19th Hussars / 3rd Dragoon
Guards Officer's Wilkinson Sword, Lieut. John Hamilton Martin.
The blade etched with the family crest of Sir
Theodore Martin, K.C.B (A Lion Rampant Sa., Armed And Langued
Gules, Holding In His Dexter Fore-Paw A Crescent Argent); most like
Sir Theodore was the benefactor (person who paid for the sword).
We do not know the family connection between John Hamilton Martin
and Sir Theodore; good research potential! The sword has the serial
number 25863 for 1884 and the Wilkinson ledger confirms it went
to "J H Martin, Esq. 19th Hussars". Then Sergeant John
Hamilton Martin served in the Egyptian war of 1882 with the 19th
Hussars, and was present at the two actions at Kassasin and at the
battle of Tel-el-Kebir (Medal with Clasp, and Khedive's Star). He
was promoted to Lieutenant upon his return, at which time this sword
was purchased. He transferred to the 3rd Dragoon Guards in 1886
(undoubtedly the sword stayed with him as it has the iconic heavy
cavalry hilt / guard and in fact may be a replacement hilt; the
blade was possibly given a 3 bar light cavalry guard / hilt in 1884),
and he is shown as on "Retired pay, reserve of officers 3rd
Dragoon Guards 1902".
The 34 7/8 inch blade is in good condition, some wear and patina
spots but not too many. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt / guard
good, some light pitting. The fishskin grip with some age and wear
loss to the edges but good, the twisted grip wire still good. The
steel scabbard has some age but is good. The sword sheathes and
draws very well.
A very good sword at a good price; £1100. Please quote item
reference Q13. Further / full sized images available upon request.
Box 0341-1.18 (2.306).