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1822 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword by Wilkinson No 24145 for 1880

Description: This is a high quality sword in great condition with a fine, aristocratic, provenance.

In excellent order overall; no damage to the hilt, minimal staining to the blade, though I suspect that it has been sharpened prior to active service then deliberately blunted. The blade is etched with the strung bugle of the Rifle Brigade and the Rycroft family crest, owners initials and as the royal arms for Queen Victoria.

The steel scabbard likewise complete and in good order.

Provenance: Formerly the property of Sir Richard Nelson Rycroft, 5th Baronet Rycroft.

Major Sir Richard Nelson Rycroft, 5th Bt. was born on 12 December 1859. He was the son of Sir Nelson Rycroft, 4th Bt. and Juliana Ogilvy. He married, firstly, Lady Dorothea Hester Bluett Wallop, daughter of Isaac Newton Wallop, 5th Earl of Portsmouth and Lady Eveline Alicia Juliana Herbert, on 11 February 1886 at Crediton, Devon, England. He married, secondly, Emily Mary Lowry-Corry, daughter of Colonel Hon. Henry William Lowry-Corry and Hon. Blanche Edith Wood, on 1 February 1911. He died on 25 October 1925 at age 65.

He succeeded as the 5th Baronet Rycroft, of Calton, co. York on 30 March 1894. He gained the rank of Lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade. He held the office of High Sheriff of Hampshire in 1899. He fought in the Boer War between 1899 and 1900, where he was mentioned in despatches. He gained the rank of Captain in the 3rd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. He fought in the First World War when he gained the rank of Temporary Major in the Artists Rifles. He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire and he was High Sheriff of Hampshire in 1899.

RNR’s time in the Rifle Brigade coincided with that units involvement in the Mahsud Waziri expedition in 1881and the Third Anglo-Burmese War in 1885. It is highly likely that RNR was involved with one or both of these campaigns.

Price: £695

Catalogue No: ES0108

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