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  1. What?? Austria had Ferdinand 1st and Francis...

    What?? Austria had Ferdinand 1st and Francis Joseph 1st that fit into the time period for this sword.
  2. Glen if it's an "L" then the wreath is upside...

    Glen if it's an "L" then the wreath is upside down and the letter too. Wearing the sword vertically shows it as an "F" and why would an L have a central horizontal, more of a swirl in this case.
    I...
  3. Possibly Solingen made and the letter in the...

    Possibly Solingen made and the letter in the wreath is an "F"
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    I've used DHL many times with no losses. They...

    I've used DHL many times with no losses. They will ship swords from the UK while UPS will not. UPS will take a sword for shipment then you find out they refuse to send (on their prohibited list)and...
  5. St John Taylor 11th Hussars, previously 1st Lifeguards. Presentation Sword.

    This light cavalry sword made by Wilkinsons with their proved disc but numbered and etched to Hawkes. A 35 1/2 inch long blade by 1 1/4 inch wide by 5/16 inch thick.
    Etching to within an inch of the...
  6. I would use Renaissance or similar...

    I would use Renaissance or similar microcrystalline wax on the metal parts. Leather should not be treated.
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    It was something I adapted for use and required...

    It was something I adapted for use and required shimming up since the length of stroke was quite short. The sword pictured has a break at the sword knot hole which is problematic as the other side...
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    You don't have to hope there is a name recorded...

    You don't have to hope there is a name recorded on the proof page, just ask Richard if there is one and He will tell you (yes or no). The documentation adds value and describes the sword itself, date...
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    As I recall the 11th came back to Britain then...

    As I recall the 11th came back to Britain then left for a decade to India. Why would he not use his sword after Crimea?? Having the Wilkinson blade proof page is beneficial and the cost is not very...
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    Really need measurements to be positive since...

    Really need measurements to be positive since several look the same. My guess is the 1873 socket bayonet. Here you can get measurements to compare:...
  11. Still good to know one can still get a bargain...

    Still good to know one can still get a bargain regardless of the internet. May misidentified sword continue to be listed. Several factors must have come together to let you have these swords at a low...
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    I believe it is T.E.M. Worth a try to see if it...

    I believe it is T.E.M. Worth a try to see if it fits
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    It is made as a fighting blade and there is...

    It is made as a fighting blade and there is nothing to suggest it was not used in battle. This is his sword and he would have been wearing it and using it in battle. Revolver ammo was not completely...
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    Very nice, the family crest with initials and...

    Very nice, the family crest with initials and knowing the date range of most likely 1845-54 should be enough to find your man. http://thepeerage.com/ may have him listed.
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    Since the scabbard fits a large blade like this...

    Since the scabbard fits a large blade like this and only slightly longer I would tend to believe its original to the sword. Can you picture the etching?
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    It is possible to have the last 6 inches replaced...

    It is possible to have the last 6 inches replaced though not inexpensive. Pitting looks too deep to file out.
    Can we see the whole sword? I have a pre numbered Wilkinson HC officers sword, these...
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    It is possible to have the last 6 inches replaced...

    It is possible to have the last 6 inches replaced though not inexpensive. Pitting looks too deep to file out.
    Can we see the whole sword? I have a pre numbered Wilkinson HC officers sword, these...
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    Yes the swords pictured are Rifle officers and...

    Yes the swords pictured are Rifle officers and infantry. The 1853p grips are two piece leather, no wood. Usually patent hilt grip wire is a double twisted wire x3 and is 0.010 diameter.
    Twisting...
  19. I believe a hunting bayonet was used to dispatch...

    I believe a hunting bayonet was used to dispatch wounded game rather than to reload a black powder firearm.
  20. With the short socket (2 inches?) and short blade...

    With the short socket (2 inches?) and short blade with odd locking studs it most likely is a bayonet for a hunting musket. The blade is too short for military use, looks like 10 inches?
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    Later Reeves with composite grip and earlier...

    Later Reeves with composite grip and earlier Reeves registered solid hilt with leather grips. Lastly leather grips from an 1864P troopers sword showing construction.
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    I have a 1860's patent hilt with the same etching...

    I have a 1860's patent hilt with the same etching around the proved disc and the grips are made of a composite material, not leather. The earlier 1850's Reeves patent hilt swords used leather as with...
  23. Richard were you lucky enough to buy the second...

    Richard were you lucky enough to buy the second lot? Knowledge is valuable as this proves. Still deals to be had even with current internet searches.
    Swords or whatever you collect tend to fetch...
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    This may be what your sword looked like? ...

    This may be what your sword looked like? http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/antique-swords-uk/for-sale/1821-92/
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    I was not sure the guard is original to the blade...

    I was not sure the guard is original to the blade but if it fit well and didn't slip past the blade shoulders it may be original.
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