Victorian British London Rifle Brigade Officer's
Wilkinson Sword, for sale
In good condition, a rare Victorian British London Rifle Brigade
Officer's Wilkinson Sword, the former property of Captain John Ellerton
Serial number 12421 to the spine. Confirmed on the Wilkinson sales
ledger as having been sold to J E Pawson Esquire 9th March 1864.
John Ellerton Pawson was a member of the wealthy fabric warehousemen
family business, Messrs. Pawson & Co. of St. Paul's Churchyard
in London (photo further below), and the blade bears the Pawson
family crest "On A Mount Vert, The Sun In His Splendour",
plus Captain Pawson's initials, "J E P".
The 32 1/4 inch dress weight (3/4 inch at forte / ricasso) is supremely
well etched and in very good condition for its age. Blade firm in
the hilt. The hilt / guard with steady pleasing patina is in good
shape, the fishskin grip and twisted grip wire bindings also good
save for a small "moth ball" (wear) patch. The steel scabbard
has much patina and a small kink one side but is otherwise good.
The sword sheathes an draws well enough if a little loosely.
A great and rare sword with full provenance for a very interesting
officer. Yours for £650. Please quote item reference T66.
Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 0811-1m