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Title Pioneer sword, 1856 pattern, Wilkinson made
Nationality British
Period c 1890
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This weapon was carried by the Pioneer unit of British infantry battalions throughout the last half of the 19th century, but these weapons were also issued to the navy. Army examples were normally unit marked on the stool of the guard and the scabbard throat, so perhaps this is a naval issue.

The blade is clearly stamped 'Wilkinson London' at the forte and has an issue date of 11/96.

The scabbard would have been a brass mounted leather one. It superseded a slightly larger version with a curved blade and lion head pommel.

The blade is just over 22.5" long and has light/medium pitting on both sides,with a deeper patch at the point. The teeth are still nice and sharp!

With a scabbard, a clean example is worth some 300 or so.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Swords : British : 19th Century]


Hi Chris, just to let you know it arrived safely and I am very happy with it, also the condition. I have been looking for a while for that particular style and maker.. Thanks again for everything and I shall now be keeping an eye on your web page.

C A, UK, 28.09.2010

I have received the belt clasp today. It is in better quality than I expected...

C M, UK, 16.10.2009