Category: 1846

British Pattern 1846 Naval Officer’s Sword

With etched fullered blade bearing proof mark and signed Wilkinson, London. Having brass hilt with lion mask pommel, fouled anchor and folding guard and with shagreen grip, blade length 74.5 cm.

British Pattern 1827/1846 Naval Officer’s Sword with Patent Solid Hilt and Broadsword Blade

A scarce and interesting variant of a British 1827P Naval Officers sword, of heavy and large construction with a broadsword blade. A very interesting early patent example of this type of sword, with two piece grip with iron seam and iron disc infront of washer. The blade is etched around the proof mark with a starburst and the word ‘Patent’. The proof disc has been removed, but we feel it is possibly a Wilkinson made sword. The large broadsword blade has been finley etched, with retailers details, foliage, fouled anchor. The sword has a folding guard, acting as a locking catch. Top mount displays the large badge of retailer ‘GALT. GRIEVES & CO, PORTSEA’. An interesting variation of sword, c.1859-1881. Overall length approx. 96cm. Blade length 78cm. Blade width approx. 3.1cm.


British Pattern 1827/46 Naval Officer’s Sword with a Blade of Flattened Hexagonal Cross-Section

Bright 81cm double edged blade of shallow hexagonal section by Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall London no. 23017 for 1879 etched with scrolls, a crown fouled anchor, and a owner’s monogram within coronet, regulation re gilded hilt with lion’s head pommel and wire bound fish skin grip, in its it re gilded leather scabbard with spring clip, complete with bullion knot.

British Pattern 1846 Naval Warrant Officer’s Sword


British Pattern 1827/46 Naval Warrant Officer’s Sword

Victorian 1827 Pattern Royal Navy Warrant Officers Sword with black fish skin grip. Gilt brass dish guard with fouled anchor and Victorian crown. Housed in its original leather and brass mounted scabbard. Blade with the remains of the original etching and Victorian crowned anchor.

British Pattern 1827/46 Naval Officer’s Sword

It is mounted with a lovely etched blade which measures 30 1/8 inches in length. The blade has survived in very nice original condition with all of the beautiful bright and frost etching still clearly present on either side. The brass guard has a folding guard, is adorned with a crowned anchor upon the face and has a fishskin wrapped grip with its twisted wire wrap still securely in place. The beautifully detailed pommel and backstrap are in the shape of a lion’s head and flowing mane. The leather scabbard is brass fitted and also remains in very nice serviceable condition with its stitching securely intact. Overall measuring 36 5/8 inches in length.


British Pattern 1846 Lance

Enfield manufacture, 1848.

At the time of the Crimean War (1854-1856) lancer regiments used the Pattern 1846 Lance. This type of lance would have been carried by the 17th Regiment of Light Dragoons (Lancers) during the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaklava on 25 October 1854. They were the only lancer regiment involved in the battle. In the spring of 1855 the 12th (Prince of Wales’s) Royal Regiment of Lancers came from India to join them in the Crimea.

The lance is 9ft long (2.74 m), with a wooden staff made from ash, a spear-shaped pointed steel lance head, which is attached to the staff by rivets, and a steel shoe fitted to the base of the staff. A red and white pennant would have been attached near the lance head.

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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.