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    1889 Staff Sergeants Sword

    1889 Staff Sergeants Sword
    1889 Staff Sergeants Sword
    A recent purchase at auction up for comments and opinions. A British model 1889 Staff Sergeants Sword.

    Catalogue description:
    32 ¾ inch single edged, straight blade. Large fuller. The forte stamped “Wilkinson Sword Company London” and dated “9.92” with various ordnance stamps. Brass Gothic hilt with Victorian crowned “VR” cartouche. Brass chequered pommel and part chequered back-strap. Shagreen covered grip with twist wire binding.

    My Stats:
    Weight, sword: 2lb 4oz (1.02kg)
    Length overall: 38'' (96.5cm) Blade: 32.5'' (82.5cm)
    POB: 5.5'' (14cm)
    Profile taper: 1.14'' (29.1mm) at ricasso, 1.01'' (25.7mm)at mid blade, 0.87'' (22.2mm) 2 inches from tip.
    Distal taper 0.37'' (9.5mm) at ricasso, 0.26'' (6.7mm)at mid blade,. 0.11'' (2.9mm) 2 inches from tip.

    Markings:

    On inner side of ricasso crown over 49 over W x 2.
    9 ‘92 .
    Wilkinson Sword Company London .

    On outer side ↑ over WD .
    X .
    Q
    Gover 71 on inside of guard.

    Does anyone know what the Q broad Arrow G over 71 means? (The G might actually be a C)
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    Guy if it is Q^G as it looks, Skennerton’s ‘Broad Arrow’ has it listed as Queensland Government from down under!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Bevan View Post
    Guy if it is Q^G as it looks, Skennerton’s ‘Broad Arrow’ has it listed as Queensland Government from down under!
    Wow, London to Australia and now back home. A well-traveled blade.
    The journey not the destination

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