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    Fraser candidates: Alexander Fraser -...

    Fraser candidates:
    Alexander Fraser - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Fraser_(British_Army_officer)
    Hugh Fraser - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Fraser_(East_India_Company_officer)...
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    A remaining potential Smith/Smyth candidate is...

    A remaining potential Smith/Smyth candidate is Edward James Smith (reached Colonel and made Companion of the Bath in 1845) - He was a Captain in 1843-44 in Scinde and served in the Sikh Wars of...
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    I could not see any sign of a crest or coat of...

    I could not see any sign of a crest or coat of arms on R B Smith's memorial:
    http://www.victorianweb.org/sculpture/philip/17.html

    But then a breakthrough!

    Smith's crest is shown on this book...
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    **EDITED** I'm reviving my annual search for the...

    **EDITED**
    I'm reviving my annual search for the original owner of this sword!
    Having read through all the previous discussion and had another recent plug at the research, I was leaning more...
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    No numbered proof books before 1854, because...

    No numbered proof books before 1854, because there were no numbers to record.
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    Straight or curved doesn't help pin this to any...

    Straight or curved doesn't help pin this to any particular branch of service, any officer could order whatever blade they liked. I have special order blades for cavalry, infantry, artillery,...
  7. The hexagonal slug was only used by Wilkinson on...

    The hexagonal slug was only used by Wilkinson on their extra quality (more detailed etching and tougher proof test) blades after about 1900 (or perhaps 1905, as Robert said). Other Wilkinson blades...
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    There is some interesting info in this thread and...

    There is some interesting info in this thread and the question of how to date an early patent hilt is fascinating to me.

    First up, here is the article referred to which I put together after...
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    I have noticed this as well and indeed some years...

    I have noticed this as well and indeed some years ago I did have a straight bladed cavalry sword to a lancers officer.. Unfortunately I cannot remember the officer's name to look him up!
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    I have at least a couple of Wilkinsons with this...

    I have at least a couple of Wilkinsons with this style of drag.
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    Incidentally, if this is the same Baring family...

    Incidentally, if this is the same Baring family of Baring Bank fame, I own a sword (Wilkinson patent hilt) from that family also.
  13. Yes, I had and sold one a few months ago (for...

    Yes, I had and sold one a few months ago (for line infantry rather than Rifles though)
    Here are the photos: http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/antique-swords-uk/for-sale/1822sergeant2/
    Here was the...
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    I think we can presume a few things (even if they...

    I think we can presume a few things (even if they are never 100% in reality): RB should only use those two initials in army lists, no middle names. RB should have seen active service - anybody who...
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    Like Mike, I had a little search and concluded,...

    Like Mike, I had a little search and concluded, unfortunately, that it would be impossible to ever match it to one individual as there are a few likely suspects. I think it's adequate to appreciate...
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    I am puzzled by that statement, Will. Absolutely...

    I am puzzled by that statement, Will. Absolutely everyone I deal with, from auction houses to dealers to shipping companies will ship swords as normal! Mailboxes are shipping swords all the time and...
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    Just a note to add that they did mess up the...

    Just a note to add that they did mess up the record keeping sometimes. I've had a few swords which we eventually found in the proof book against the wrong number.
    Have you also checked all the...
  18. Sticky: A very old thread resurrection, but I see that...

    A very old thread resurrection, but I see that some of the information here has now been superseded. The proof slug described above with a star is absolutely confirmed as that of Thurkle.

    More...
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    I've had quite a few gems this year, some of...

    I've had quite a few gems this year, some of which I have not properly photographed and shared yet. But this is probably near the top of my list - Wilkinson patent solid hilt with extra wide flat...
  20. You know Will, this makes me realise that I need...

    You know Will, this makes me realise that I need to update my article (not least to correct a couple of typos I saw!) - The earliest reference we have to the registered tang is May 1850, but that...
  21. Hi Will, It's all in my article linked below....

    Hi Will,
    It's all in my article linked below. The Patent was 1853 and the earliest recorded examples of Reeves' 'registered' tang are 1850:...
  22. Yes certainly. A few other companies unofficially...

    Yes certainly. A few other companies unofficially copied the design, but I would put my money 99% on Reeves. Most Reeves swords were never marked to Reeves, but rather the outfitters instead - yet we...
  23. Awesome sword! Not quite :) The...

    Awesome sword!



    Not quite :) The construction method didn't start until 1851 at the earliest. It was made into a patent in 1853 and the earliest Wilkinson examples are from 1854. The earliest...
  24. Wilkinson Patent Hilt to Gurkha Rifles officer who fell in WW1

    I have just finished putting together a little article about a fallen soldier of WW1, inspired by Armistice Day today and this wonderful sword that recently came into my possession:...
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    Hi Derek, FYI it only costs 40 extra for me to get a sword to the USA (as opposed to 10 in the UK). UK-USA postage is surprisingly cheap. Adding extra swords makes it even cheaper, as to send two...
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