BRITISH 1896 MOUNTAIN ARTILLERY SWORD -  WW1 - WILKINSON

Stock Ref: AST 1973

A very good example of this rarest of all the regulation patterns by Wilkinson

77cm (30”) curved flat back blade with single fuller and hatchet point, the blade is double edged for the last 8” and has been combat sharpened. The blade is marked with the makers name, Indian acceptance and inspection marks and the date of manufacture.

Stirrup hilt D shaped sheet brass guard, stamped on the quillon RP 904, 8MB, RGA ( 8th Mountain Battery – Royal Garrison Artillery) Circular flat tang button. Cast iron grip. The guard and the grip retain their original khaki paint finish.

Maker: Wilkinson London

Dated: 1903

Brown Mk II leather scabbard with brass fittings. The locket with a single frog stud. The locket is stamped I Crown M (Indian Military). The back of the scabbard is also stamped IM and has an inspection and date mark. The top of the locket is stamped 95 and M C

The sword and scabbard are in very good condition for their age and service use. The blade is in very good condition with no staining or rust. The hilt is in very good order and firm on the tang, it has a good age patina. The scabbard leather is in very good condition with minor scuff marks. The brass work has a good age patina with only minor dents..

The 1896 Pattern Mountain Artillery sword is described by Robson as ‘one of the rarest of the regulation patterns’. Introduced in April 1896 the sword was designed for use by all ranks in the mountain artillery batteries. The sword remained in use into the early days of WW1 in the British Army and longer in Indian Units.

The Indian 8th Mountain Battery was originally formed in 1886 – renamed in 1899 as the 8th Bengal Mountain Battery it was renamed the Lahore Mountain Battery in 1901 and subsequently the 28th MB in 1903. The 28th saw service in East Africa arriving in November 1914 when its complement consisted of 5 British and 3 Indian Officers 277 Other Ranks, 31 Followers, 167 Mules and 6 Guns.

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