A diminutive early Wilkinson 1845

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A diminutive early Wilkinson 1845

Postby Matt Easton » Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:01 pm

I just acquired this Wilkinson 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword. It is completely standard regulation on paper, with a 32,5 inch blade, but it is small in build. It is marked to Henry Wilkinson and has the HW proof slug. It has been very professionally service sharpened for most of the front edge and all of the false edge (it is still quite sharp). It is not numbered (therefore pre-1854) and Wilkinson's name is on the fullered section of the forte, not the ricasso as on later examples. What most struck me about the sword however is that it is quite small and dainty, like many pre-1845 pipe-backed 1822 patterns. Based on this, I suppose it is probably a very early 1845 example.
For comparison I also include below a comparison against an 1858 dated 1845 pattern by Wilkinson that I also own, showing the broader blade, thicker ricasso and bigger hilt.

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