British Pattern 1845 Infantry Officer’s Sword
A scarce pre-numbered early Wilkinson infantry officer’s sword and brass Field Officer’s scabbard. Wilkinson started making swords in 1844 and numbering them in 1854, therefore this sword dates to between those years. It has been service sharpened and could easily have been carried in various of the wars which happened in the late 1840s (eg. Sikh Wars) or 1850s (eg. Crimean War). The brass scabbard indicates that the officer reached the rank of Major or higher. The condition overally is very good, let down unfortunately by some pitting in the blade near the point (see photos). Otherwise the blade is bright and clean, with crisp detailed etching, as well as the early style of Henry Wilkinson’s name and address. The hilt is solid on the tang, the folding drop works perfectly, the shagreen and grip wire is all 100%. The brass scabbard is in good condition. Curiously, the blade is slightly shorter than normal (30 inches rather than 32.5) and the scabbard matches this length, so presumably the officer ordered it that way, either because they were shorter than average or for some specific purpose. Naval officers’ swords were of this length, so it could possible have belonged to an officer of Royal Marines, but that is pure conjecture. A very nice and scarce sword that was carried at a fascinating era with lots of interesting conflicts going on.