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Title 1912 cavalry officer's sword, 12th Lancers - Straker
Nationality British
Period 1915
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This Wilkinson sword is numbered in their 1915 register anonymously (bomb damage). However, both this and the 1920 dated 12th Lancers sword came from the Straker family and thus, by repute, is also his. This, however, has the field service leather scabbard, which is in good shape, allowing for service wear, ie horse sweat stains to the pigskin.

Richard Straker, who served in WW1 in the 12th Lancers and won the MC in 1917 or 18, was educated at Eton 1910-14, gazetted 2nd Lieutenant on 12.5.1915 straight from Sandhurst, was awarded the OBE in 1923 and at one point served as aide de camp to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Later Straker served in the Northumberland Hussars (Yeomanry). He was wounded in November 1918 in the last action the regiment fought in the Great War. A copious folder of biographical details, culled from various sources including the regimental war diary, accompanies this sword.

The nickel silver finish on the bowl guard has been polished down to the bare steel. The fishskin grip is a little scruffy, lifting in parts from the woodwork, but still has its original silver wire. The blade has lost its original polish, but the engraving is still relatively clear and sharp. The blade has been sharpened for combat.

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[Edged Weapons : Swords : British : 20th Century]


Just to let you know the two propelling pencils, in the form of pistols, have just arrived in the condition you sent them. Thank you very much indeed for your excellent and prompt service, and I will keep a look out on your site for any other pencils you may have for sale in the future.

M H, UK, 09.02.2011

Found the item a little on the expensive side and a bit disappointed that you were unwilling to bend a bit on the price of the Officer's Tunic Eagle (half the fun of buying, after all, is the haggling), but impressed by the speed of delivery and the quality of the item. Was well worth it in the long run...

G F, UK, 30.08.2005