British Pattern 1827/46 Naval Officer’s Sword for the Royal Dockyard Battalion
An extremely rare Royal Dockyard Battalion officer’s sword, by Wilkinson and pre-1854! Royal Dockyard Battalion officer’s swords are rare by themselves, but to find one that also happens to be a pre-numbered (1846-1853) Wilkinson makes it a rare gem indeed. The sword is in reasonable condition, with patina to the blade and a few localised areas of pitting – however nearly all of the intricate etching remains clear. Curiously, the blade has been well service sharpened. This could associate the sword with some very interesting campaigns, given it’s dating – perhaps Crimean War related. The blade is fim in the hilt and the hilt is in very good condition, with a lot of the gilt wash remaining on the brass. The shagreen and grip wire is good and the guard drop (flap) works well. The sword knot is a modern replacement, but is the correct knot I believe. The scabbard fits the sword well, but I cannot say whether it is the original one for this sword or not–usually 1846 pattern naval officer’s swords have leather and brass scabbards.