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  1. One point of difference between what is on the...

    One point of difference between what is on the sword and the WATNEY family crest is the absence of a mount, as can be seen in the image posted by Ben.
  2. Gordon, both suggestions are possible. Because...

    Gordon, both suggestions are possible. Because Hawkes operate their own well known 4 digit system (often supplied with Wilkinson trade blades) I had supposed that all the Pillin 4 digits were were...
  3. Hi Gordon, I am reaching the end of an article...

    Hi Gordon,

    I am reaching the end of an article on the subject which expands on many of the your points, some unfortunately I cannot answer.

    I've found Pillin swords with various number...
  4. Looking for help with this latest puzzle. A...

    Looking for help with this latest puzzle.

    A pillin identified from a book '1915: The Death of Innocence' by Lyn Mcdonald. The original source is said to be an article in the Times entitled The...
  5. Just a thought, could the family crest be a later...

    Just a thought, could the family crest be a later addition?

    The sword comes with a much later scabbard which is not uncommon however the guard and backstrap look in better condition than the...
  6. Can't find any reference to watney and Surrey...

    Can't find any reference to watney and Surrey light horse in the Gazette although many of the others mentioned on the army lists crop up. Perhaps he never took up his commission.
  7. WATNEY. although doesn't appear on the list. ...

    WATNEY. although doesn't appear on the list.

    BLAZON
    Upon A Mount Vert, In Front Of A Garb Erect Or, A Greyhound Courant Sa., Gorged With A Collar, And Therefrom Pendent A Bugle-Horn Of The...
  8. A greyhound courant, in front of what? Is that...

    A greyhound courant, in front of what? Is that wheat sheafs or a tree?

    The crest for Walker-Heneage is a greyhound courant
  9. Thanks, so obvious now

    Thanks, so obvious now
  10. Hi Will, What are the words after 'privates' on...

    Hi Will, What are the words after 'privates' on the proof docket?
  11. Thanks Will, I'm hoping to debunk a few of...

    Thanks Will,

    I'm hoping to debunk a few of these dates and 1855 is now the missing piece of the jigsaw
  12. Hi David, 1855 is the only year unaccounted...

    Hi David,

    1855 is the only year unaccounted for so I'm specifically hoping to track that down.

    Other directories would also be of interest but my preference would be to find their listing in...
  13. London Post Office Directory 1855 for lookup?

    Hi,

    Does anyone have access to the London Post Office directory for 1855 please, looking for listings for any Pillin, sword cutler.
  14. Love it, I hope it is original.

    Love it, I hope it is original.
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    Thanks for that extra info. I'd read about the...

    Thanks for that extra info. I'd read about the Revolver but have not seen any mention of the sword being on display.
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    Will, I find it is reported there, but my...

    Will, I find it is reported there, but my subscription to the British Newspaper Archive is on hold due to a house purchase (so is compulsive sword buying!!)

    From the snippets I can view I can't...
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    Apparently presented 25th June 1880 at a public...

    Apparently presented 25th June 1880 at a public meeting in The Masonic Hall, Lincoln. It was paid for by subscription with various local dignitaries pledging sums of a Guinea each towards this...
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    Yes, it's almost shame to think that many of the...

    Yes, it's almost shame to think that many of the swords of this era are altered from their original 'war witnessing' configuration due to the 1895/97 hilt change.

    This one has literally been...
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    Chard & Bromhead swords

    The sword presented to John Chard by the people of Plymouth was sold recently, it was a numbered Pillin swords retailed by Hunt and Roskell, Jewellers and Goldsmiths to the Queen, 156 New Bond St.,...
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    Recent Wilkinson Tel-el-Kabir

    As its slow... Not my latest purchase, but I do love a sword with a good career, although there is a chance that this one may have been replaced by the owner later in his career, either on receiving...
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    I often wonder whether SFI is impacted by the...

    I often wonder whether SFI is impacted by the growth of other sword groups on Facebook. People choosing to post there rather than finding their way here
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    Interesting reading Max, looking forward to more...

    Interesting reading Max, looking forward to more opinions on this!
  23. Yes, the old swords example has a proved over...

    Yes, the old swords example has a proved over fluer de lis
  24. Hi Greg, another marked to the same regiment by...

    Hi Greg, another marked to the same regiment by Maitland is on Oldswords #122378, with what is possibly a different proof disc although I can't quite make yours out.
  25. Going on the serial numbers alone, January 2006...

    Going on the serial numbers alone, January 2006 seems too early, so Lishman seems the better option.

    I need more dated examples post 1900 in order to pin down the ranges with any confidence.
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