British 1845/54 Pattern Named Infantry Officers Sword. Gloucestershire Regiment. Wilkinson 1869

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This British 1845/54 pattern infantry officer’s sword was made by the Wilkinson Sword Company in 1869. The sword was owned by Major Wigram Montagu Money of the Gloucestershire Regiment.

Wigram Montagu Money was born on the 6th August, 1842 at Allahabad, Bengal, India. He was the son of Wigram Elliot Money of the Honourable East India Company. Wigram was educated at boarding school in the UK from the age of eight, finishing his education at Charterhouse. On the 16th January, 1863 at the age of twenty, he purchased a commission as a coronet in the 7th Dragoon Guards. He became a Lieutenant on the 23rd March 1866.

On the 17th April, 1869 he took up a Captaincy in the 61st regiment of foot, the South Gloucestershire regiment and purchased this sword. On the 1st July, 1881 Wigram Montagu Money was promoted to Major in the Gloucestershire Regiment. Major Wigram Montagu Money passed away in 1913.

The 826mm single-edged blade has a slightly rounded spine above a broad single fuller and is the Wilkinson 1845 pattern. The blade is double-edged for the last 250mm and terminates in a spear point.

The blade is in excellent condition and is deeply etched with foliate panels above the crowned cypher of Queen Victoria. The forte is etched with the owner’s name, “Wigram Montagu Money.” The obverse of the blade is etched with foliate scrollwork and arches surrounding the crowned cypher of Queen Victoria. The obverse forte bears the Prince of Wales’ feathers and motto, “Ich Dien” – I serve. The ricasso is etched with the maker’s details, “Henry Wilkinson. Pall Mall. London.”  The obverse ricasso is missing the brass proof disk. The spine bears the Wilkinson serial number 16607.

The barred, gothic guard is the fixed, 1854 regulation pattern without the earlier folding section. The guard bears the Royal cypher of Queen Victoria above the Flowers of Union – the rose, thistle and shamrock and is in good condition. The ray skin covering on the grip has been replaced and is in good condition with some loss to the shagreen below the pommel. The three strands of brass wire are intact and tight. The hilt’s back strap has acanthus style decoration flowing into the stepped pommel. The blade is firm in the hilt.

The sword is complete with its polished iron scabbard with a German silver throat and two suspension rings. The scabbard is in good condition with patches of tarnish and shallow pitting. The shoe of the scabbard has a period braised repair. It looks as if a portion of the shoe has been replaced – probably due to excessive wear on the original. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.

This is a good example (with some minor issues) of a Wilkinson made P1845/54 to a named officer of the Gloucestershire Regiment.