British Pattern 1845/54 Infantry Officer’s Sword
A Victorian infantry officer’s sword by Wilkinson in very good condition, with an immaculate blade - one of the best I have ever seen, in original polish and with wonderfully preserved etching. Curiously, the Wilkinson ledger records this sword being sold in 1869 to the Committee of the Blackheath Proprietary School. I cannot fathom why the school was purchasing an infantry officer’s sword - perhaps for an officer training corps, perhaps as a gift to a graduating pupil, perhaps just for educational purposes. The blade is in fantastic condition, practically perfect. The hilt is in almost equally good condition - just with a little bit of drying to the end of the shagreen at the pommel toe, but that can probably be rectified with dubbin or suchlike. The brass has a nice patina and the grip wire is perfect. The scabbard has protected the blade perfectly, but itself shows the effects of damp air for decades - this could be improved with some oil and wire wool. A really great sword and potentially some research may reveal why the Committee of the school bought it.
That blade tho!