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SWORDS FOR SALE

1821 Pattern Cavalry Officers Undress Sword by Wilkinson No 38089 for 1901

Description: This sword is in good condition all round and has an excellent provenance.

The blade is firm to the hilt and, though it has a little staining and some wear, it is clearly etched with the Royal Arms and Queen’s Crown. The wiring to the grip is tight and complete and there is no damage to the shagreen. The guard bears some evidence of wear, but it is not deformed in any way. The service leather scabbard is complete and in good order.

N.B. This sword has been sharpened for active service.

Provenance: Formerly the property of Lieutenant (Later Lieutenant-Colonel) Alan William Berkley Spencer, 13th Hussars, later Tank Corps, who served with the 13th Hussars throughout the 2nd Boer War.

Alan William Berkley Spencer was born in 1876 and received a commission into the 13th Hussars as a 2nd Lieutenant on the 15 May 1897. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant just before departing to South Africa for the 2nd Boer War. He was present with the 13th Hussars at the battles of Spion Kop, Hussar Hill, Venter’s Spruit as well as the relief of Ladysmith.
In 1901 the 13th Hussars were brought to the Western Transvaal, and, along with the 5th Dragoon Guards, long operated about Klerksdorp and afterwards east of Pretoria under Brigadier General G Hamilton and other commanders, taking part in many successful engagements.

During the First Wold War, Spencer was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Army Reserve of Officers with the 13th Hussars before transferring with the same rank to the Tank Corps, with which he served overseas from the 1st January 1916. For his First World War service, he was awarded the British War and Victory Medals, and the French Military order of Agriculture 5th Class.

Price: £695

Catalogue No: ES0107

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