Stock Ref: AST 1970

This sword has been sold under our Lay a Way scheme

A very good example of a named late Victorian sword by Wilkinson with extensive documentation.

83cm (32.5”) straight dumbbell shaped frost etched blade rounded on the back and edge with a deep central fuller and spear point. The blade is decorated on both sides, with the royal coat of arms above the crowned royal cypher for Victoria above a laurel wreath and extensive foliate designs. On one side there is the makers name below a Prince of Wales feathers and on the other a brass proof mark stamped HW and the owners name N E Howell. The back of the blade is numbered 37277

Plated steel three-quarter basket hilt with a scroll pattern and pierced strap work incorporating a crown and the royal cypher of Victoria. Grey fish skin grip  with copper brass wire. Cross hatched back piece dome shaped pommel and flattened circular tang button..

Maker: Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall London

Dated: 29 December 1899

Steel scabbard with two loose rings

The sword and scabbard are in very good condition. The blade is as new with no staining or rust. The original etchings remain very clear. The guard is in very good condition and remains firm on the tang. The fish skin grip and wire bindings have wear commensurate with long service use. The steel scabbard is free from dents one of the loose rings has been replaced with a split ring.

Major Norman Elliott Howell

The son of Leonard Sidewick Howell and Lily Howell of Brentwood, Canterbury, New Zealand, Norman was born in 1882 in Sevenoaks, Kent. Between 1896 -1899 he attended Malvern College one of Britain’s leading Public Schools. He initially joined the 3rd Battalion Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant and served with them in the Boer War being awarded the South Africa Medal with a clasp for the Cape Colony. In May 1901 he transferred to the Bedfordshire Regiment and was confirmed as a 2nd Lieutenant with them in August 1903. He transferred to the 82nd Punjabis later in 1903 as a Lieutenant, serving as Adjutant from 1907-1911, and was promoted Captain in 1909. He became Staff Captain at Allahabad in November 1914 and D.A.A.G (Deputy Assistant Adjutant General) in February 1915. He saw service with the regiment on the North West Frontier and attended Staff College in Quetta in 1914. He was later promoted to Major.

On the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, the 82nd Punjabis were serving on the North West Frontier of India. In January 1916, they were dispatched to Mesopotamia, where they were engaged in the desperate British efforts to relieve the besieged garrison at Kut al Amara. The regiment suffered 223 casualties in the Battle of Dujaila Redoubt in March 1916. On the night of the 7th January 1916 Captain (Major) Howell was killed having left the British lines to search for 2 wounded Officers, an action for which he was Mentioned in Dispatches on the 20 October 2016. He received the British War and Victory Medals and the 1915 Star.

On 24 September 1914 he had married Mabel Brown in Nowshera Bengal, she later returned to England and lived at 83 Ladbroke Grove, London. There were no children.


  • Wilkinson Sword Record
  • Extract from Malvern College records
  • Picture of Captain Howell
  • 3 x London Gazette Entries
  • 2 x Army Lists 1909 and 1914
  • 5 x Medal records
  • 1901 England Census
  • Details of Marriage
  • Details of Probate
  • Memorial to Captain Howell

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