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  1. Please photograph and share the steps of your...

    Please photograph and share the steps of your hilt repair with the jigs. I was mulling over jigs for repair of a brass hilt i have in my collection.
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    Looks like a Wilkinson Trade blade likely sold to...

    Looks like a Wilkinson Trade blade likely sold to a tailor /outfitter. The proof disc fits.

    I have one with the same disc where the wilkinson etching is very light on the reverse ricasso, it...
  3. Beautiful sword, I bet you're glad you took a...

    Beautiful sword, I bet you're glad you took a chance. Any plans to do any restoration?

    Your dating seems sound
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    I'm not ready to start again so Im going to have...

    I'm not ready to start again so Im going to have at it with the sand paper.

    Next: my first adventure with a blow torch to tease out the tang to allow repeening. I'll get the ambulance on speed...
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    The turns were spaced, although the spacer should...

    The turns were spaced, although the spacer should have been wider. Here it is pre wire.

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    I think the cord and leather combo are slightly too thick. I used a waxed cord and it doesn't...
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    Some progress and some mistakes. Too many...

    Some progress and some mistakes.

    Too many turns because the cord/spacer I used was too thin.

    The wire should be wound tighter.

    And the main one... I can't get the pommel cap back on...
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    So you glue it first with an overlap?

    So you glue it first with an overlap?
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    French 1822 restoration advice

    I have a French 1822 sabre which has lost all the covering from the grip; previously covered cord with wire wrap.

    I'm doing it more for the experience than any burning desire to improve the sword....
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    Now sold

    Now sold
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    Alex Fraser - Lord Saltoun. How does this...

    Alex Fraser - Lord Saltoun. How does this compare?

    P. S. Just the crest I mean, I can't find a connection of the Lords Saltoun to the Bengal engineers but the crest is a good match for your...
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    It's ALIVE.... wait, I mean arrived

    It's arrived, nothing new to report, except for the quality, wow! What a beautifully balanced sword for 1027 grams

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    It's the first Wilkinson full tang I've had my hands on but the...
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    Not proof books, but sales catalogues?

    Not proof books, but sales catalogues?
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    Regarding dating of the first Wilkinson patent...

    Regarding dating of the first Wilkinson patent tang, are there not Wilkinson catalogues extant from pre 1854?
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    Which year by the way would also coincide with a...

    Which year by the way would also coincide with a change from Wilkinson, James & Son to Wilkinson & Son. The first change in name for 35 years.
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    I think it must be considered given your evidence...

    I think it must be considered given your evidence and a trawl through the forum finds other references to early R.A. examples not having the full etching we would expect on later examples.

    Would...
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    I was just trawling through that thread myself...

    I was just trawling through that thread myself last night Will!



    I wonder if Reeves' purchase of Hebberd's where Wilkinsons blades were forged in 1853 might have heralded the start of...
  17. The following is from the wilkinson sword...

    The following is from the wilkinson sword characteristics sticky thread (page 6) though I'm not sure whether Robert's post referred to trade blades, private purchase blades or both. In any event I...
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    I am now informed that an 1821 pattern, 3 bar...

    I am now informed that an 1821 pattern, 3 bar (non Wilkinson) patent hilt attributed to Robert Baring is known to exist which, on the balance of probabilities rules him out of the running with my...
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    Wow, he doesn't pull any punches! It's strange to...

    Wow, he doesn't pull any punches! It's strange to read something so candid and a reminder that all these people we research are just a bunch of random humans with the usual flaws and faults.
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    Ian, I have identied a portrait of...

    Ian,

    I have identied a portrait of Bickerstaff printed in "Those Terrible Grey Horses: An Illustrated History of the Royal Scots ..." By Stephen Wood.

    It does seem to show a 3 bar hilt...
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    Another thread describing a straight bladed 1821...

    Another thread describing a straight bladed 1821 officers sword etched to the 9th lancers. (belonging to TJ Francis)

    Edited link:
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    Thanks Gordon, there must be a term used for...

    Thanks Gordon, there must be a term used for this shoe if for no more reason than Wilkinson jargon to explain what was ordered.
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    Did I dream this, or have I read somewhere an...

    Did I dream this, or have I read somewhere an analysis of how many Wilkinsons from the existing proof books were patent tangs? It would be interesting to know how many of the 495 produced in 1854...
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    Here are a couple of questions I've been mulling...

    Here are a couple of questions I've been mulling over on the dating of early wilkinson PT hilts.

    What was the difference between 'registeted' on the spine of Matt's early Reeves PT and 'patented'...
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    Unless this sword was bought by Robert Blair...

    Unless this sword was bought by Robert Blair prior to his commissioning in December 1853 which could place it after the patent.
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