A special order Wilkinson, for a Prince of Egypt

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A special order Wilkinson, for a Prince of Egypt

Postby Matt Easton » Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:27 pm

Hi folks,
I thought you might enjoy seeing a special sword I have recently acquired.

According to the proof book record, this was ordered in 1882 by 'Larking' (I believe John Wingfield Larking) for 'Mahmoud Hamdy Pasha' - I believe Prince Mahmoud Hamdi, son on Ismail Pasha, the former Khedive of Egypt. I believe that Prince Mahmoud then gave the sword to an unnamed veteran officer with the initials CS, who had fought for the Ottomans and either the Egyptians or the British. John Wingfield Larking was the British Consul to Egypt. His son Cuthbert Larking was also ADC to the Khedive in 1884, but I think the proof book entry more likely refers to his father John.

On the blade are the battle honours, in French, of Shipka Pass (1877-78), the Siege of Plevna (1877), Egypt 1882, the Sudan 1884-87 and Crete 1897.

On the underside of the scroll guard is an applied brass monogram of the initials CS. Engraved on the backstrap are the initials CS again. Both appear quite French in style to me, though the banner with the battle honours looks more German to me.

Both the Ottomans and Egyptians employed a lot of European officers, including French, British, Swiss, American, German and others. Despite the sword being British in origin, I suspect that the officer who finally carried this sword, and for whom the battles honours refer, was probably French, Swiss or German.

The sword itself is wonderful, featuring a patent solid hilt, with wooden grips, a scroll guard and a 33 x 1 1/8 inch 'biconvex' blade which seems to have been manufactured ready sharp.

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Re: A special order Wilkinson, for a Prince of Egypt

Postby Gordons Horse » Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:37 pm

Hi Matt,

Exceptionally fine sword, may I ask what the proof number might be. What are the surface mounted initials on the guard made of ?

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Re: A special order Wilkinson, for a Prince of Egypt

Postby Matt Easton » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:11 pm

Hi Gordon,
It is quite a find!
I've attached the proof page - 25193
I'm not 100% certain about the initials, but I think brass/bronze.

If anybody reading this can think of possible ways for me to narrow down who CS might have been, that would be great. I assume that they must have been associated with the Khedive around 1882 and in Egypt/Sudan until 1887, but fighting for the Ottomans in 1877 and again in 1897.
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Re: A special order Wilkinson, for a Prince of Egypt

Postby JordanPL » Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:55 pm

I haven’t had a chance to read through everything so not sure if it fits, but this is what I received from the auction house on the day of the auction:

“After asking the seller again for information concerning the blade lot 414,
He told me he had found a service book with certificates in which appears the various posts and missions of this colonel.
His exact name is Colonel W. Sidney Churchill Bey, he was in service from January 28, 1880 to June 1, 1910.
He was appointed First Class Drogman in the Cyprus Regiment and Pioneer under Colonel Gordon from 28 January to 26 October 1880
Attached to Colonel Leach, Chief Military Commissariat of the Egyptian Campaign from June 1, 1882 to October 7, 1882
Appointed second lieutenant in Egypt and attached to Lieutenant Colonel Prescott, commander of the Cairo police, on January 2, 1883.
Appointed lieutenant on August 11, 1883
Appointed Captain June 28, 1884
Appointed Adjutant Major Honorary and Police Inspector of Cairo August 15, 1887
Leave the service of Egypt on January 1st, 1892
Appointed Captain of the Cretan gendarmerie on 11 February 1897 under the command of Colonel Bor
Appointed Commander of the gendarmerie and police of the duchy of Candié August 16, 1898
Leaves Candié for Constantinople on October 18, 1898
Appointed by Imperial Graduate in the Gendarmerie of Constantinople on March 30, 1899
Appointed Major by Serman on May 11, 1899
Appointed Colonel of the Gendarmerie of Constantinople on September 28, 1901
Appointed Inspector General of Police and Gendarmerie of Pera December 5, 1908
Leave the Police on July 14, 1909
Leave the service of the gendarmerie on June 14, 1910”
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Re: A special order Wilkinson, for a Prince of Egypt

Postby Matt Easton » Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:21 pm

Many thanks Jordan. I had the Churchill lead, but this is more information than I had from them! I will start digging tomorrow, thanks again!
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Re: A special order Wilkinson, for a Prince of Egypt

Postby Matt Easton » Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:31 pm

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Re: A special order Wilkinson, for a Prince of Egypt

Postby Will Mathieson » Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:09 pm

Glad you got it Matt, I put in a bid but it was not one of the highest ones. The history of it is very good.
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Re: A special order Wilkinson, for a Prince of Egypt

Postby Bryce » Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:51 pm

G'day Matt,

You have got some great researching ahead of you.
What does the line on the proof book page under "Scroll Hilt" say?

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Re: A special order Wilkinson, for a Prince of Egypt

Postby Matt Easton » Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:29 am

Cheers, it says:
Scroll hilt
Infantry Scabbard
Biconvex blade

I have 3 of the biconvex blade type now, from 1845ish, 1860 and now 1882. It's one of my favourite blade types and results in a very fine cutting edge.
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