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British Pattern 1821 Heavy Cavalry Officer’s Sword

A lovely Wilkinson 1821 pattern heavy cavalry officer’s sword, recorded to a named officer. The officer in question was Vincent Thomas Eyre. He was born in 1843 at Italy, the son of Vincent Anthony Eyre and Jane Huddleston. He married Barbara Agnes Caroline Giffard in 1873 at London, England. He died on 26 September 1893. He gained the rank of Captain in the service of the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons. He lived at Lindley Hall, Leicestershire, England. Commissioned in May 1863 into the 67th South Hampshire Reg of Foot, made Lieut in Oct 1867, then transferred in 1868 as a Captain into the 6th Dragoons (when this sword must have been purchased). In April 1877 he joined the Leicestershire Yeomanry. The sword itself is in good condition generally, but would benefit from some light restoration/cleaning. The blade is nice, having been protected in the scabbard and retains deep crisp etching. It is solid in the hilt. The hilt and scabbard exhibit light pitting and dark patina, but are solid and complete. The grip is in quite good condition, with almost all the shagreen - just small area of wear from carrying for years. A few of the thinner silver wire strands are gone, but the thickest central strand is all present.