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SWORDS FOR SALE

1895P Infantry Officer's Sword by Wilkinson - Patent Solid Hilt and Super Provenance

Description: A fine example of this scarce pattern of sword. This one has a Wilkinson Patent Solid Hilt which must make it one of a few tens of this type that were produced. The plated blade is in absolutely superb condition with just the odd blemish here and there. The owners coat of arms is beautifully etched into the blade along with the Royal Arms. The spine of the blade carries the number 33464 for 1895.

The guard carries the VR cypher and, though there is some loss of plating and there is some corrosion evident, it is complete and undamaged. The wooden grip is nicely chequered and the wiring is intact.

The leather service scabbard is in good condition with just some pronounced wear to the chape as the only major defect. This sword is also accompanied by the ceremonial waist belt as worn by Companions of the Order of the Bath.

Provenance: This sword was purchased in 1895 by Col Theophilus Higginson CB. This gentleman had a distinguished career in the Indian Army as follows:

Entered as Ensign, Madras Native Infantry, 1856; Lieutenant, 1858; Lieutenant, Madras Staff Corps, 1863; Captain, 1868; Major, 1876; Lieutenant-Colonel, Indian Staff Corps, 1882; Colonel Commandant, 1st Punjab Infantry, Punjab Frontier Force, 1884-1891; Colonel in the Army, 1886.

Battles and Wars: Served in North-West Frontier of India Campaigns, 1869; expedition against the Bezotis, Kohat Frontier; assault of the village of Garra; expedition against Kabut Keyl and Tam Keyl, Waziris; Afghan War, 1879-80; action of Baghdo and in Mahsood Wizzeeree Expedition, 1881.

OFFICE: Justice of the Peace (JP) for Lisburn.

MEDALS AND AWARDS: Afghan War Medal 1879.

HONORS: Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB), 1893.

Price: Final sale price withheld.

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