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  1. Hi James, Although the gutta percha grip...

    Hi James,

    Although the gutta percha grip plates are generally encountered on later solid hilt swords, both laminated leather grip plates and gutta percha grip plates were concurrent in the later...
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    Hi James, Photo appeared after I last looked,...

    Hi James,

    Photo appeared after I last looked, but still like to see an image of the hilt and know the length of the false edge.
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    Hi James, Any chance of an image of the hilt and...

    Hi James, Any chance of an image of the hilt and the point of the blade, also can you please tell me the length of quill section.

    Gordon
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    Sticky: Hi Ben, interesting photo. I've been trying to...

    Hi Ben, interesting photo. I've been trying to make our what has been written on the photo however, the photo is to small and pixilates when enlarged; the key to identification may well be the...
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    Hi James, I'd seen the sword pre-auction, and...

    Hi James,

    I'd seen the sword pre-auction, and find your post and various responses all very interesting.

    Whilst I've not done much in terms of looking for RB, I though I might mention my Patent...
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    Sorry about the typos...Whist it's not so easy...

    Sorry about the typos...Whist it's not so easy...
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    Hi James, Whist it not so east to find solid...

    Hi James,

    Whist it not so east to find solid hilt swords with the garter cartouche "PATENT" that are also marked with the Reeves name, it seems that some of the swords that Reeves made for others...
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    I would suggest Hobson based on the following...

    I would suggest Hobson based on the following description of crest:

    A panther's head erased and guard. ppr. fire issuing from the mouth and ears, gorged with a collar chequy or and az.
  9. Thanks James, My suggestion would be that...

    Thanks James,

    My suggestion would be that your sword possibly dates to the 1850s; I'm fairly sure I've seen examples made by Reeves, plus the fact that the pattern was produced by more than one...
  10. Hi James, Anther question that comes to mind...

    Hi James,

    Anther question that comes to mind is blade length and width at shoulder?
  11. Hi Matt, Were the Wilkinson numbered swords...

    Hi Matt,

    Were the Wilkinson numbered swords with the inspection mark the same pattern as being discussed in this thread?
  12. In my humble opinion, the EIC was slightly more...

    In my humble opinion, the EIC was slightly more than an offshoot, which at one stage had forces in numbers that exceeded that of the British army. The Government of India Act which lead to the Crown...
  13. There's a number of these swords with the blued...

    There's a number of these swords with the blued and gilt work on the blade in existence however, I think this might be? (I'm not sure) the first one I've seen with the inspection mark. The blade type...
  14. Hi James, At this point in time, I can't tell...

    Hi James,

    At this point in time, I can't tell you exactly who they were issued to however, the broad arrow over I is an Indian inspection mark.
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    Hi John, The plot thickens! I must say I have...

    Hi John,

    The plot thickens! I must say I have no explanation for "German Grip" (or blade for that matter) in terms of "style". Do you have an explanation? I do seem to have a vague impression that...
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    Thanks David R, did you eventually identify the...

    Thanks David R, did you eventually identify the maker as apposed to the merchant who sold it?
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    Hi David R, Could you possibly elaborate on...

    Hi David R,

    Could you possibly elaborate on the guard type, and does this sword have a makers name.
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    Hi Jordan, When you say his will, am I correct...

    Hi Jordan,

    When you say his will, am I correct in assuming that you are referring to F. D. Hawkins of the 4th Punjab Cavalry?
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    Mike, The problem I have with the initials...

    Mike,

    The problem I have with the initials B.H. is the fact that there is nobody in the 1871 List (corrected to 30th December 1870) by the name of Hawkins with those initials; in particular...
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    Hi Lars, Whilst I respectfully understand what...

    Hi Lars, Whilst I respectfully understand what the 1964 Wilkinson Sword Limited letter states, the proof information was given an interpretation of what the writer thought it said, and this occurred...
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    My own opinion is that the proof information...

    My own opinion is that the proof information states: C J Mitchells Pattern, not Patent, if you look carefully you can see the tt of Pattern, with the cross over both of the t letters.

    The more I...
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    I had not seen the proof information, and given...

    I had not seen the proof information, and given that the writing on some of these proof records is not always easy to read, interpretation could be given as; BLC or BSC, given that the title Bengal...
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    Hi Mike, Which Bombay regiment was Hawkins...

    Hi Mike,

    Which Bombay regiment was Hawkins with?

    Gordon
  24. Hi Dan, When younger and able, fencing was my...

    Hi Dan,
    When younger and able, fencing was my sport, Epee and Foil.
  25. Just wait a bit old chap, and let me tell you I'm...

    Just wait a bit old chap, and let me tell you I'm also an Aussie, and often have tea brewed in my 1826 sterling silver teapot presented by the officers of the 91st (Argyllshire Highlanders) Regiment...
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