Stock Ref: AST 1848

Price reduced to £695.00

A good example of 1st Middlesex Volunteer Engineer Officers sword to Lt Colonel Owen Hague Bayldon with documentation subsequently re-hilted.

82.5cm (32.5”) straight (1892 Universal style) blade with single central 11” fuller and rounded back. The blade is single edged except for the last 5” needle point. The blade is frost etched and decorated on one side with the crowned royal coat of arms with the initials R E , the owners initials O H B ( Owen Hague Bayldon) extensive foliate designs, the Royal Appointment Prince of Wales arms and the makers name. On the other is a winged thunderbolt and Royal Engineers. The owners coat of arms ( Bayldon), extensive foliate designs, the royal by appointment coat of arms, and a brass proof mark. The back of the blade is numbered 37420 (1900).

Plated steel three bar hilt, with black fish skin grip, stepped pommel and cross hatched back piece.

Maker: Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, London

Dated: 17January 1900.

Brown leather field service scabbard.with sword frog.

The sword and scabbard are in good condition for their age. The blade has only some very minor rust spots and is otherwise as new. The etchings remain very clear. The hilt is in good condition. There is lifting to some of the plating on the guard. The fish skin grip has suffered extensive wear through use and much of the original skin is missing. Some of the wire bindings are loose. The hilt is firm on the tang. The scabbard has some scuffing, the seam is good. The sword frog is worn.

The Wilkinson sword records show that this sword was originally sold as an Engineers sword, it would appear to have been re-hilted by Bayldon when he joined the ASC or one of the other Corps in which he served.

Lt Colonel Owen Hague Bayldon – was born on the 22 June 1877 to Edward, a wealthy Stockbroker and his wife Annie who lived in Kensington. Educated at a private school in Tiverton, Devon he later entered the London Stock Exchange (Applied to join in 1900), and in the same year he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Middlesex Royal Engineers Volunteers. The following year he married Dorothy Ada Hawkes on the 24 April 1901.

By 1906 he is recorded as a Captain in the Motor Volunteer Corp and on 16 October 1906 he relinquished his commission transferring to the Army Motor Reserve. In the intervening years before WW1 he left the Stock Exchange and became the Managing Director of a Water Company living in Hampshire. He also took up sailing. On the 14 May 1913 with the prospect of a war in Europe looming he was appointed a Captain in the Army Service Corp. and in October 1916 he was gazetted as a Major in the Royal Engineers later becoming an honorary Lt Colonel. His war records show that he held rank as a Major in both the ASC and the RE and was involved with Wireless at GHQ. He made one trip to the Western Front between the 19 July 1915 and the 23 July 1915 during which he was mentioned in Dispatches. He was also awarded the 1915 Star and the War and Victory medals.

Between the wars he continued his interest in sailing and lived in Kensington. He published a book entitled ‘A vade mecum for the Motor Yachtsman’. He formally retired from the army in 1921 ( His Service Record is held at the National Archives in Kew).

At the outbreak of WW2 he was called up and served as a Lt Colonel (Retired) with the RAF as a Deputy in the Directorate of Intelligence which had links to Bletchley Park and other covert operations. He is believed to have worked on Radio Communications and Radar. Lt Col. Bayldon died on the 6 June 1945 in Kensington and probate was granted to his wife.

Further research into his interesting service career in WW2 is required.


  • Wilkinson Sword Record
  • 5 x Gazette Entries
  • 4 x Medal records
  • Birth and Baptism record
  • 4 x Census returns
  • Application to join Stock Exchange
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Death and Probate records

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