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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 It superseded a slightly larger version with a curved blade and lion head pommel.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]


Just to let you know that the bayonets arrived safely this morning and I am extremely happy! They are everything that I had hoped they would be, but better! I am extremely pleased that i purchased them from you. The 1867 Albini ... is an absolute beauty, the blade is immaculate. The other is in fact in far better condition that I had imagined as well. So all in all, I couldn't be happier! Many thanks Chris.

I very much look forward to doing business with you again in the near future.

Russell Thomas, Norway, 15.08.2013

Just to let you know the sword arrived today. Great condition, really chuffed with it. Many thanks.

S W, UK, 20.03.2007