The hilt in need of some cleaning, the grip good. Confirm Password Error message here! The blade has been service sharpened and it seems that this was probably for service in Canada, when the British Army was mobilised initially to oppose a possible United States invasion of Canada which did not happen and then various uprisings in parts of Canada. The side-slot for the sword knot is not common. Please contact Bob Hedger directly on 07970 161701 or email bob michaeldlong. This is an exceptionally will executed piece and could be easily mistaken as an original. Unfortunately no name is recorded on the Wilkinson proof book for this sword, but nevertheless is is Wilkinson's best work from the year of the Indian Mutiny breaking out. The guard has been bashed a bit in use and as a result there is a little movement in the assembly, though overall the hilt is secure.
The horn grip is in very good condition and only a few strands of the grip wire are missing. The blade very bright with crisp and deep etching, firm in the hilt. There are a number of small nicks in the edge please see photos , but otherwise the sword is in good shape. The blade also features Charles Heycock's initials and crest. Total Length: 44 inches 112 cm Images: 1. The kyū guntō was used from 1875 until 1934, and many styles closely resembled European and American swords of the time, with a wraparound hand guard also known as a D-guard and scabbard saya , the steel scabbard is said to have been introduced around 1900. This is not only a superb sword in its own right, but a wonderful provenance to an obviously heroic officer.
This sword is unresearched and in overall good condition, but requiring a good clean. Research materials I have available are quite substantial; however, on some items, information within those materials might be quite sparse. As an interesting twist in the sword's history, shipments of them were sold to the Confederate states during the American Civil War and saw extensive service in that struggle. Blade quite clean, steel of the hilt quite pitted. Rifles swords barely come better than this - this is probably in the best condition of any Rifles sword I've ever had, plus it's a named Wilkinson to a highly sought-after regiment. This is probably an officer's private purchase example, but could also be privately purchased for yeomanry.
The blade is very dark with patina, but it would probably be possible to buff this a bit brighter if desired. All the requisite etching including the Royal Coat of Arms and a crown and fouled anchor and ropes has been added. Locally-added marks may vary significantly from the original marks, and this sometimes provides additional clues for identification of a blade. We are also interested in purchasing individual items and collections - please see our page for further details. Welcome to our military swords category.
Marks added to such blades do not necessarily indicate the forge, armory or original swordsmith. That this has a light cavalry style 1821 hilt is most unusual and has a couple of possible explanations. A really tidy example of a model of sword that doesn't come around very often. I cannot easily place this blade at all - you find interupted fullers of this style on Indo-Persian blades sometimes, but the overall shape of this blade is not particularly like Indo-Persian swords. The two reasons that this sword is in the restoration section are that someone has recovered the grip in a rather shiny black leather and replaced the grip wire. We sell worldwide to collectors, regiments, museums and are happy to assist with acquisitions, cataloguing, conservation and display including all aspects of interior design. The popular 18th century design of the figure '8' iron hilt was retained but the horn or leather grip was wisely abandoned.
There is no scabbard unfortunately. The post-Crimean War period brought a flurry of changes to the regimental patterns of swords carried by Britain's Heavy Cavalry. The wooden scabbard, wrapped with leather and mounted with brass hardware with ball at the end of the chape was typical of the Dragoons. It should clean up well, as well as providing research possibilities. Murata Tsuneyoshi 1838—1921 , a Japanese general who previously made guns, started making what was probably the first mass-produced substitute for traditionally made samurai swords. With cost in mind, you can choose to either have it appraised by a professional or not.
The shagreen and grip wire is basically perfect. We know that our fighting men and women, and former U. Proceeds and commissions from these sales - in part - go towards the purchase of additional reference materials and acquisition expenses. The blade has light pitting and while the hilt is in nice condition generally, it is unfortunately quite loose on the hilt - I think this could be remedied if desired, by someone who knows how to tighten peened hilts. Extremely stylized and geometric depictions of animals were often featured, with a meaning we can only guess at today. These are relatively rarer than the other Japanese military swords making them more valuable.
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The sword is a lovely chunky example of Wilkinson's work and despite being for a volunteers officer is every bit as good quality as for a regular army officer. The blade edge appears to have been service sharpened during its life. This example is a good basic piece with light pitting to the blade and slightly heavier pitting to the hilt. The shagreen and wire grip is in excellent condition, although with a little bit of movement on the tang due to the loss of the leather washer. Japan developed a conscription military in 1872 and the samurai lost the status they held for hundreds of years as the protectors of Japan.
A rare piece, possible Mutiny association and lovely to wield. Beautiful in its simplicity, the 1908 pattern offered the cavalryman a light weight sword with maximum protection, hand comfort, and thrusting ease. Edged weapons, in one form or another, have been the primary arm for the past millennium and even today, in the age of weapons of mass destruction, the sword is still a symbol of honour and tradition. If the sword is all original, the serial numbers on the blade, tsuba, saya and all other parts should match. Either the officer wanted a more substantial hilt for better hand protection we know that these hilts were sometimes used unofficially by Rifles and infantry officers, particularly around the 1840s-50s, from both written records and photographs , or the hilt was later changed because the officer changed regiment for example joining yeomanry cavalry after retiring from the Royal Fusiliers.