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  1. Robsons quotes 35 inches so at just under 34...

    Robsons quotes 35 inches so at just under 34 inches the sword may have been repointed in the past.
  2. Jan it is authentic and marked to E troop #6. ...

    Jan it is authentic and marked to E troop #6. What is the blade length? It appears to retain the original hatchet point but knowing the blade length can confirm this.
    It looks like the sword has...
  3. In the Victorian era claymore referred to a...

    In the Victorian era claymore referred to a double edged fullered blade, either single or double fullered. These blades are found on scottish basket hilt and field officers 1857p swords.
    The term is...
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    I would access the build quality of the sword...

    I would access the build quality of the sword before going with Reeves. Reeves made swords comparable to Wilkinsons and was an excellent maker.
    There are 6 makers that use the fleur de lis, ref...
  5. Matt that did come to mind but I assumed age...

    Matt that did come to mind but I assumed age would harden even these up to some degree. However you can still smell a scent off the 1908p grips. One sword I have had a break and the material was...
  6. I would think composite grips when new were not...

    I would think composite grips when new were not brittle. Over 100 years of drying/curing has made them brittle. The only later examples is the 1908p troopers sword, many of these not yet brittle. The...
  7. Swords marked "registered" are pre 1854 and the...

    Swords marked "registered" are pre 1854 and the ones I've seen all have leather grip plates. Possibly the hilt once patented used composite materials?
  8. Earlier patent hilts used leather for the grip...

    Earlier patent hilts used leather for the grip plates and later ones like this use a composite material.
    Possibly this can be used to date the sword to its earliest possible time of manufacture?
  9. Matt I hadn't thought of that. Being a Wilkinson...

    Matt I hadn't thought of that. Being a Wilkinson could explain the pommel tang peened over a washer, typical of Wilkinson manufacture. Hard to discern in the photo but it could be a washer.
  10. A very substantial blade and the whole sword...

    A very substantial blade and the whole sword weighing 2.67 pounds. Possibly another same sword with visible etching can answer some questions as to regiment, maker etc.
    My guess is a Reeves made...
  11. James I see it now and it is possible it is...

    James I see it now and it is possible it is remnants of etching, scratches tent to be straight. The sword has a good long blade and guard appears thick, how thick is it?
    Some proved discs such as...
  12. I recognized the sword too at auction. The tang...

    I recognized the sword too at auction. The tang peen on the pommel originally would have been checkered and flush to match pommel checkering.
    The grip wire on patent hilts originally have 3 double...
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    Being an EIC sword it's pre 1858 which can rule...

    Being an EIC sword it's pre 1858 which can rule out some makers.
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    This is sad. I bought a very good sword from him...

    This is sad. I bought a very good sword from him some time ago.
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    George you'll be looking for a hilt next! The bow...

    George you'll be looking for a hilt next! The bow marking could be Blechmann
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    Sticky: Looking at the other NCO his sword looks like the...

    Looking at the other NCO his sword looks like the 1882p with a rounded guard. The 1882p short has a 33" blade, the long 1882p version did not last long in service.
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    Sticky: Ben they look like the 1885p sword, the 1882 has...

    Ben they look like the 1885p sword, the 1882 has a rounded guard at the top. Could also be of local manufacture. I had an Indian maltese cross sword but with hilt construction of an officer's 1821p,...
  18. Good luck with the weekend Glen. A good time of...

    Good luck with the weekend Glen. A good time of year for sales.
    For transport of swords I use one of those zip up golf bags with two small wheels. Inside has an adjustable strap and a velcro padded...
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    Years before that post I had correspondence with...

    Years before that post I had correspondence with Robert he said the initials were for Walter Johnson. All I can say is that the Wilkinson staff at the time, WJ was the only match to Walter Johnson.
  20. The mutiny EIC ceased to exist as a military...

    The mutiny EIC ceased to exist as a military force by 1858. These EIC swords would tend to be more plentiful in the UK. The EIC army was twice the size of the British army at their height in the...
  21. It would be easier to manufacture and my guess is...

    It would be easier to manufacture and my guess is these backstraps were formed and not cast.
  22. The brass guards on these particular swords lend...

    The brass guards on these particular swords lend to straightening better than other brass hilted infantry swords. The guard is a softer sheet type of brass and does not have bars that are somewhat...
  23. Lawrence that's a definite improvement from what...

    Lawrence that's a definite improvement from what the sword was before. I'm told these particular Reeves swords were made for EIC officers.
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    Dug out my reference and the initials on the...

    Dug out my reference and the initials on the scabbard are AOUW for Ancient Order of United Workmen. Founded at Meadville PA in 1868. Ref: Pg 60 of The American Fraternal Sword
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    Knights of Columbus by the knights head sword.

    Knights of Columbus by the knights head sword.
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