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1821 Pattern Light Cavalry Officer's Sword by Wilkinson No 39203 for 1902

Description: The superbly etched blade is in very fine condition with no blemishes, staining or pitting. It is etched with the owners initials ‘J Y’ for James Younger to one side with the Royal Arms to the other. The hilt has some slight degradation to the plating and some light surface corrosion to the pommel and the back strap, but the silver wiring is present and correct and the shagreen is undamaged with just the usual signs of wear from use.

Likewise the scabbard is complete and in good order with just some slight surface corrosion towards the top end and near the chape.

The original sword bag is also present and carries James Younger’s initials. It is in good order with just overall wear from use.

Provenance: Bought in 1902 by George Younger, later 1st Viscount Younger of Leckie, for his son Lt Col James Younger, later 2nd Viscount Younger of Leckie. James served in the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry; his career can be summarised as follows:

1902 2nd Lt Fife and Forfar Yeomanry (FFY)

1904 1st Lt FFY

1908 Captain FFY

1909 Major FFY

1916 Acting Lt Col FFY

6th November 1917
When his brother-in-law Lt-Col Gilmour was wounded at the battle of Sheria 6th November 1917 “Major J. Younger who had been acting as liason-officer between the 60th and 74th Divisions was sent for to take over command of the Battalion.” Ogilvie p69

1918 Lt Col FFY

2nd September 1918
Lt-Col Younger commanded the 14th R.H. through the end of their time in Palestine and then on their journey to the Western Front. He was wounded at Moislains on the 02 September 1918 in one of the costliest engagements of the Battalion during the war
“Our casualties had been heavy – the C.O. wounded; of the four Company Commanders Captain R.W. Stewart and Captain I.C. Nairn had been killed and Captain J. McNab and Mr C.G. Duncan wounded. Mr Darney was killed and C.S.M. Aitken died of wounds – a total of 3 officers and 38 other ranks killed and 14 officers and 157 other ranks wounded” Ogilvie p130

1929 Succeeded to the title of 2nd Viscount Younger of Leckie

1946 Deceased

Price: Final sale price withheld

Catalogue No: ES0079

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