Stock Ref: AST 1960

A very good frost etched example of a WW1 superior standard Artillery Officers sword by Wilkinson – with refurbishment this sword would be suitable for a current serving officer.

89cm (35”) slightly curved single fullered blade with rounded back and spear point. The blade is single edged except for the last 9” and has been combat sharpened. The frost etched blade is heavily decorated. On one side is the crowned royal coat of arms contained within a garter with the royal motto, above the royal cypher for George V contained within Scottish thistles containing the Royal Artillery motto ‘Ubique’ above a cannon. Extensive scrolling foliate designs, and the makers name and Royal appointment Warrant. On the back of the blade the number 48445 and London Made. The other side has the Winged Thunderbolts and Royal Artillery, extensive scrolling foliate designs and a brass proof mark stamped HW.

Plated steel three bar hilt. Black fishskin grip and blackened silver wire.

Maker: Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall, London

Dated: 18 February 1915

Brown leather field service scabbard.

The sword is in very good condition for its age and service use. The blade has only minor staining and the frost etchings are as new. The plating to the hilt has minor loss. The fish skin grip is as new, and the hilt is firm on the tang. The scabbard is in very good condition.

Major William Henry Benson Baker

The Wilkinson Sword Records show that this sword was sold on the 18 February 1915 to William Henry Benson Baker following his appointment as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st West Riding Brigade Royal Field Artillery.He had previously been a Corporal in the Inns of Court Officers Training Corp. By profession a Barrister Benson Baker was born in Kensington in January 1884 the son of a wealthy Solicitor. Educated at Eton the 1911 Census shows him living with his mother in Hampstead at which time he was a Barrister, he had become a Freeman of the City of London in 1910. He married Marjorie Elspeth Edwards in 1914. His medal records show that by the end of the war he had been promoted to Major in the Royal Garrison Artillery and he was awarded the War and Victory Medals and the 1915 Star. He continued in the legal profession after the war and died in 1963 leaving an Estate valued in excess of £125,000.


  • Wilkinson Sword Record
  • London Gazette Commission
  • Medal record
  • Birth and Baptism record
  • 3 x Census Records
  • Marriage
  • Freedom of the City of London
  • Probate record

With minor refurbishment this sword would be suitable for a current serving officer.

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