BRITISH 1822(54) INFANTRY OFFICERS SWORD – NAMED – WILKINSON

Stock Ref: AST 1767

A good clean example of a named Officers sword dating from 1877 to Captain Philip Leake Stevenson of the Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment with documentation. 

84cm (33”) slightly curved single fullered blade with rounded back and a spear point. The blade is single edged except for the last 11”. The blade is decorated on both sides with the crowned VR cypher above a laurel wreath and foliate designs. On one side there is the by appointment mark to the Prince of Wales and the makers name, and on the other side a brass proof disc and the owners name P L Stevenson within a scroll. The back of the blade is stamped  21692 or 7.

Brass gothic style hilt with cartouche containing the crowned royal cypher for Victoria. Fixed inner guard. Acanthus decorated brass back piece and stepped pommel with flattened circular tang button. Fish skin grip bound with copper/brass wire.

Maker: Henry Wilkinson – Pall Mall London.

Dated: 1877

Blackened steel scabbard with brass mouthpiece and two loose rings.

The sword and scabbard are in good condition for their age and service use. The blade is in very good condition with no knicks and only some minor areas of staining, the etchings remain very clear. The brass proof disc is missing. The hilt and grip are in very good condition with minimal wear. The scabbard has been blackened and shows signs of earlier surface rust. The seam is good and there are no dents.

Philip Leake Stevenson was born on the 24 February 1860 in Bengal India the son of James Francis John Stevenson and Louisa Cameron. He was not baptised until the 6 January 1861. He was appointed a 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd Middlesex or Royal Westminster Regiment on the 29 May 1878 when presumably this sword dates from. In January 1980 he transferred to the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) and was appointed a Lieutenant in July 1981. Further promotion to Captain occurred on the 7 May 1890. By 1892 he was listed as attached to the 15 Hussars and then the Royal Irish Lancers. In 1902 he returned to the Queens and is shown as part of the Guard of Honour for that Regiment  stationed at Hyde Park Corner for the Coronation of Edward VII. He was appointed to Major on the 18 October 1902, and in 1908 he is listed in the Reserve of Officers. He had retired by 1911 and was living with his wife in Thame. He died in August 1922.

Documentation

  • Gazette entry May 1878
  • 2 x Harts Army Lists
  • Coronation 1902
  • Reserve of Officers 1908
  • 1881 & 1911 Census
  • Birth and Baptism
  • Probate

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