~ A Wilkinson 1845 pattern Royal Artillery officer's sword, presented in memorial for Captain E.Corbell, a casualty of the Crimean war (1855) ~
The blade is finely etched, on both sides of the blade is the Victorian cipher beneath the Queen’s crown with floral decoration.
One side of the ricasso, is embossed with the “Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall London” makers stamp whilst the reverse has a proofing star. The forte is not numbered.
The basket bears Queen Victoria’s cipher. The grip is of black (now grey) fish skin bound in copper wire.
The brass mounted scabbard has the memorial silver plate which is attached to the front. The later placard, which is hallmarked to London/Edward Barnard & Sons/1917, reads “In memory, Capt E.Corbett SS R.Foot, Crimea, 7th June 1855”.
~ Dimensions ~
The blade is 32 inches (81.2 cm) long and the overall length of the sword is 38 inches (96.5 cm). The cross-guard has a width of 4.5 inches (11.4 cm).
The total length when in the scabbard is 38 inches (96.5 cm) and the total length when in the case is 39 inches (99 cm).
With scabbard the sword weighs 1.41 kg. Without scabbard the sword weighs 935 g.
~ Condition ~
The blade is in excellent order with some darkened spots towards the point.
The grip and hilt are in very good used condition, some loss of gilt.
The scabbard is in good, some very minor dents and some dark spots/tarnishing but it remains complete. The plate has recently been polished.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £18 or it can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.