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    Sword: Victorian 1st Life Guard Officer Sword Pattern 1834 by Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, London, number 23818. This is a British officer's state sword of the 1st Life Guards, Pattern 1834, made prior to 1882. The 39" blade is etched on the reverse with the Victorian Crown over the Royal Cypher, the Prince of Wales Plumes over "BY APPOINTMENT"; "HENRY / WILKINSON / PALL MALL / LONDON"; and, numbered on back 23818. The obverse is etched with the battle honors: "PENINSULA and WATERLOO" and it has a "HW" proof-mark. The hilt has brass ornamentation of the regulation pattern "L G 1" with original shagreen grips and silver wire wrap in fine condition. The sword is sold without the scabbard. The blade is fine, bright and clean, and has been burnished during its working life (the ceremonial use of these state swords required they be kept well polished) but the etching is deep, clear, and strong except for some wear to the Wilkinson address which is all still visible. The blade has a very slight nick 11 inches from the point. An impressive sword, intended for both dress and undress (combat) use, and the pattern ultimately chosen for the Royal Horse Guards and 2nd Life Guards (with appropriate regimental designs on hilts), comprising the Household Cavalry.

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    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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