This British 1822/50 pattern Royal Artillery officer’s sword was presented to Captain Hugh H. Rogers R. A. on his retirement as Adjutant of the Cinque Ports Artillery Volunteers in 1893. The sword was made by the Wilkinson Sword Company, London.
Captain H. H. Rogers served with the Royal Artillery’s 7th Screw Gun Mountain Battery and saw action at the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir during the Anglo-Egyptian War of 1882. In January 1886 he transferred to the Cinque Ports Artillery.
The 890mm single-edged blade has a flat spine over a broad, three-quarter length fuller and terminates in a spear point. The blade is double-edged for the final 300mm. The blade retains its un-sharpened factory edges. The spine bears the Wilkinson serial number 30952 and an etched centre of percussion arrow.
The blade is deeply etched with scrolled foliate panels above the crowned Royal Arms, thistles, Queen Victoria’s cypher and a ribbon containing the Royal Artillery motto, “Ubique,” above a field gun. A decorative cartouche on the forte bears the dedication, “Presented to Captain H. H. Rogers R.A. On his retirement as Adjutant. As a token of respect.” The Prince of Wales’s feathers are etched above the ricasso and the ricasso bears the makers’ details, Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, London.
The obverse of the blade is similarly etched with foliate scrollwork above the winged lightning bolts of the Royal Artillery. A second decorative cartouche on the forte bears the dedication, “By the Staff Sergeants and Sergeants of the 2nd Cinque Ports Artillery Volunteers. January 1893.” The ricasso bears Henry Wilkinson’s brass proof stud.
The blade is in excellent, near mint condition. The etching is high quality and clear.
The three-bar steel guard is in good condition. The shagreen covered grip is also in good condition. The three strands of silver wire binding are intact and tight. The blade is firm in the hilt.
The sword is complete with its polished steel scabbard with twin suspension rings. The scabbard is in good condition and is free from damage and dents. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a near mint condition example of a Victorian Royal Artillery officer’s presentation sword by the Wilkinson Sword Company.
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