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  1. If we run with the assumption that this is...

    If we run with the assumption that this is Churchill's sword, he did seem to start service in Egypt in 1882 and that's the year that this sword seems to have been purchased on behalf of the Prince....
  2. And someone has thrown up a Wiki page about him...

    And someone has thrown up a Wiki page about him since last year:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Sydney_Churchill
  3. That seems to be the same man sitting to the left...

    That seems to be the same man sitting to the left shoulder of Colonel Bor here, from the Crete crisis, though he's given a different name here (in error?):155152
  4. Reviving this thread! Here is a photo of...

    Reviving this thread!

    Here is a photo of Churchill (note the funky spelling of his name!). Now, I'm not a medal guy, but those look like a lot of medals to me.

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    The fleur de lis proof slug was used by a lot of...

    The fleur de lis proof slug was used by a lot of makers - it cannot therefore be used by itself to identify the maker. It was certainly used by Reeves (and in my opinion used by Reeves first), but we...
  6. The material that 1908 grips are made of seems to...

    The material that 1908 grips are made of seems to be quite different to what most patent hilts use. Note that the chequering is a lot harder and more precise on patent hilt grips than is possible...
  7. Not uncovered wooden - wooden with shagreen over...

    Not uncovered wooden - wooden with shagreen over the top. Definitely original and not that uncommon. I have two naval examples and one artillery:

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  8. Composition grips are more brittle and I have...

    Composition grips are more brittle and I have seen several broken examples (and owned one). Leather grips are stronger in that sense, but they wear down and are vulnerable to the weather. There were...
  9. Actually it's not at all typical of Wilkinson...

    Actually it's not at all typical of Wilkinson manufacture - Wilkinson from even the earliest swords used a double nut assembly, with an internal hexagonal nut on a thread holding the end of the guard...
  10. There aren't many makers who could/would have...

    There aren't many makers who could/would have made this sword and in my opinion, based on the patent solid hilts that I have had/seen, it could only be: Wilkinson, Reeves, Mole, Pillin or Garden.
    ...
  11. Has anybody seen a scroll hilt on a Reeves sword...

    Has anybody seen a scroll hilt on a Reeves sword though? I cannot recall any example I've seen. The scroll hilt seems to have been something Wilkinson first worked on with Jacob. The only swords I...
  12. I also watched that one go. It's a damned shame...

    I also watched that one go. It's a damned shame it has no identifying marks on it at all. It's almost certainly Reeves I would think, but it could possibly be a pre-numbered Wilkinson (though I think...
  13. Thread: Sad News.

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    Very sad to hear. I had bought a few swords from...

    Very sad to hear. I had bought a few swords from Geoff over the years and chatted to him various times at fairs. :(
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    Fraser candidates: Alexander Fraser -...

    Fraser candidates:
    Alexander Fraser - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Fraser_(British_Army_officer)
    Hugh Fraser - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Fraser_(East_India_Company_officer)...
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    A remaining potential Smith/Smyth candidate is...

    A remaining potential Smith/Smyth candidate is Edward James Smith (reached Colonel and made Companion of the Bath in 1845) - He was a Captain in 1843-44 in Scinde and served in the Sikh Wars of...
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    I could not see any sign of a crest or coat of...

    I could not see any sign of a crest or coat of arms on R B Smith's memorial:
    http://www.victorianweb.org/sculpture/philip/17.html

    But then a breakthrough!

    Smith's crest is shown on this book...
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    **EDITED** I'm reviving my annual search for the...

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    I'm reviving my annual search for the original owner of this sword!
    Having read through all the previous discussion and had another recent plug at the research, I was leaning more...
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    No numbered proof books before 1854, because...

    No numbered proof books before 1854, because there were no numbers to record.
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    Straight or curved doesn't help pin this to any...

    Straight or curved doesn't help pin this to any particular branch of service, any officer could order whatever blade they liked. I have special order blades for cavalry, infantry, artillery,...
  20. The hexagonal slug was only used by Wilkinson on...

    The hexagonal slug was only used by Wilkinson on their extra quality (more detailed etching and tougher proof test) blades after about 1900 (or perhaps 1905, as Robert said). Other Wilkinson blades...
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    There is some interesting info in this thread and...

    There is some interesting info in this thread and the question of how to date an early patent hilt is fascinating to me.

    First up, here is the article referred to which I put together after...
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    Deleted double post.

    Deleted double post.
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    I have noticed this as well and indeed some years...

    I have noticed this as well and indeed some years ago I did have a straight bladed cavalry sword to a lancers officer.. Unfortunately I cannot remember the officer's name to look him up!
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    I have at least a couple of Wilkinsons with this...

    I have at least a couple of Wilkinsons with this style of drag.
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    Incidentally, if this is the same Baring family...

    Incidentally, if this is the same Baring family of Baring Bank fame, I own a sword (Wilkinson patent hilt) from that family also.
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