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    I've noticed that Wikipedia suggests a slightly...

    I've noticed that Wikipedia suggests a slightly earlier date than Robert for incorporation of the company: 15 September 1871.
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    Hi Alexander, it world be interesting to get more...

    Hi Alexander, it world be interesting to get more stats on the trends of Toledo blades. A trawl of swordforum threads shows this has been discussed before, a very interesting topic.

    Will, is that...
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    Stumbled across this old thread which doesn't...

    Stumbled across this old thread which doesn't seem to have been answered at the time.

    If anyone is still interested, this is the symbol for the Army and Navy Cooperative Society. I assume that...
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    I think it is my joint favourite sword to handle...

    I think it is my joint favourite sword to handle (Evii 1821/96 cav being the other).

    Probably because of the shorter length it is balanced like a dream.

    The blade has an almost mirror finish...
  5. I believe Rooke features in a photo album held by...

    I believe Rooke features in a photo album held by the Shropshire Archives. I don't suppose anyone here is registered with the archives there?
  6. I did, but it seems the post fell down the side...

    I did, but it seems the post fell down the side of the sofa and went unnoticed.

    http://www.swordforum.com/vb4/showthread.php?119780-1827-RN-patent-solid-hilt
  7. This from Rooke's army records. Does this say...

    This from Rooke's army records. Does this say "Brit. America"?

    155333

    This is followed by West Indies, 3 stints in Bermuda, Egypt, Malta, Suakin, Lower Egypt, Malta.
  8. A thing of beauty! And just for the joy of...

    A thing of beauty!

    And just for the joy of seeing them together again, here's my patent hilt collection.

    Ray skin, pressed leather and 3 composite material grip slabs of very different...
  9. Thanks Jordan, He certainly got about a bit,...

    Thanks Jordan,

    He certainly got about a bit, from what I can decipher. I'll scrutinise it in depth later.
  10. Hi Jordan, I agree there are no likely Indian...

    Hi Jordan,

    I agree there are no likely Indian cadidates.

    It's a shame that the 53rd weren't more than bit part players in both Egypt and Soudan. Although this sword may well have been in...
  11. Thanks Mark, yes I suspect its him despite the...

    Thanks Mark, yes I suspect its him despite the different spelling and the sword being later than his commission.

    There are no militia officers in the 1861 lists named Rook or Rooke.

    I suppose...
  12. Hi Will, I have the proof slip and there are...

    Hi Will,

    I have the proof slip and there are initials and a crest on the blade.

    H D R
    A bird atop a trumpet

    Proof slip, H D Rook.

    Just trying to marry it up in the army lists, there is a...
  13. 1822 infantry patent hilt - numbered Wilkinson

    Hi all,

    Following on from my previous post about absentee bidding, this is my prize.

    Adding to my patent hilt collection; my first infantry officer version and a Wilkinson numbered for 1860....
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    Nooooooo, why does the sword fairy always arrive...

    Nooooooo, why does the sword fairy always arrive when I'm out the house?

    Thankfully Richard Milner emailed today which is enough to take the edge off the disappointment.
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    Evening all, Still struggling with this...

    Evening all,

    Still struggling with this identification.

    From the heraldry approach. I have what I thought to be a 'griffin's head' couped but in a rare moment of clarity I realised that from...
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    Hi Juan, I was very mindful of the possibility...

    Hi Juan,

    I was very mindful of the possibility of underhand practices, not because of any adverse experience but there is simply no way of knowing, as an absentee bidder whether the auction is...
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    Hi Magnus, As it was a catalogue only auction...

    Hi Magnus,

    As it was a catalogue only auction with no online bidding I didn't think that there might still be an online facility for following the auction itself. If there was, i missed it.
    ...
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    Catalogue only auctions

    Hi all,

    Having never submitted a bid at one of these until this week, who can please tell me how long it usually takes to hear the good news?

    And if you were not successful (clearly didn't...
  19. Since the bill passed I've been sent a sword...

    Since the bill passed I've been sent a sword through parcel force no questions asked by the auction house although in the end I did have to collect it from the post office requiring I present I. D. ...
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    I should probably mention as an indicator of...

    I should probably mention as an indicator of dating this sword has the solid guard rather than the hinged folding section so more likely to be later in the Wilkinson pre-numbering perod. 1845-1854
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    Mike, I can't recall which presidency now but I...

    Mike, I can't recall which presidency now but I recall he graduated in 1844 so suggesting that he would have already acquired a sword prior to the introduction of the Wilkinson blade.

    You're right...
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    Hi Mike, I've checked the 1854 indian list....

    Hi Mike,

    I've checked the 1854 indian list. There is only one S/F. H. H. who is an artillery cadet so wrong pattern.

    I thought the RE officers would be included in Harts?

    I don't think it's...
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    Will, You could be right, what i thought was...

    Will,

    You could be right, what i thought was the top of the S curling round could be the bar of an F.

    That could introduce

    Fran houlton Hartwell 17th foot
    Fred Harry hope 1st foot
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    Thanks Mark, I've used the 1858 list but none...

    Thanks Mark,

    I've used the 1858 list but none of those 3 names features in conjunction with the initials S. H. H.

    Just for completeness there are 2 more officers who share those initials but I...
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    Hi Tom, My understanding of heraldry is basic...

    Hi Tom,

    My understanding of heraldry is basic so forgive me if i misunderstand but searches on arms for both Hobbs and Harford return images giving possible hints at a bird in the crest.

    Hobbs...
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