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    I am so happy with this sword

    I have just bought my finest 1895 infantry pattern British sword, and a Wilkinson at that. It is in awesome condition and quite a nice piece. The serial number is 34567 (really!!!!) and has provenance to its original owner and is dated to 1896. Formerly the property of Laurence George Steyner, commonly spelt Stayner. He was born on 7th July 1869. He passed out from the RMC in 1890. In 1891 he received the Instructors Certificate in Signalling, in 1892 the Officers certificate in Musketry and in 1894 the Instructors Certificate in Military Engineering. He served at home from 25 March 1890 to 29 September 1895, and in Malta from 30 September 1895 to 14 September 1898. He also served in the South African Campaign and received the South Africa Medal. He was seconded to the Foreign Office in 1899. He was married 2 Oct 1903 and his rank at that time was Captain. London Gazette 2 Oct 1919 Major & Brevet Lt Colonel Army Pay Dept. In 1939 he was recorded as living in Ryde, Isle of Wight, and gave his rank as Lt Colonel Retd.

    The Wilkinsons sales register for this sword records that Steyner was serving in the 33rd Duke of Wellington’s Regiment at the time that he purchased this sword.

    These images are from the seller, I will attempt to get some more when I get the sword cleaned up and mounted on my photo board.
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    Fine condition, Paul - I'd go easy on the cleaning as there seems very little work needed! I wonder if Stayner started spelling his surname that way after 1914 to make it look a bit less German? Quite a few officers of German heritage anglicised their names in this way.

    John
    "If I can't be a good example to others, at least let me be a horrible warning".

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    Hi John, by cleaning, I mean removing any possible fingerprints and add some light preserving oil, like renaissance wax.

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    Yep, perfect!
    "If I can't be a good example to others, at least let me be a horrible warning".

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    Hi John

    Lt Col Stayner was my great grandfather...
    The name Stayner has been very English, as we have successfully traced our family back to Sir Richard Stayner (1624 to 1662); vice admiral of the navy, twice-knighted (first by Cromwell, then by Charles II – unlike most others whom Charles II had executed).
    However, when researching all this, there have been indeed a few variants of the Stayner name, probably as English went through many periods before ‘standardisation’… Stanier, Stayner, Staynor, Steyner… but Sir Richard was definitely Stayner in the 1600’s, as was LG and many before him. Indicating the blood-line proper. The Canadian side (Sir Richard’s nephew’s line) was mainly Stanier, but changed at some stage in the 1700’s to Staynor, then only to Stayner…

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    Gorgeous Wilkinson and one of the most beautiful of hilt-forms, in my opinion. Congratulations!

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    Does the hexagram (six pointed star or Star of David) have any meaning other than decoration in this sword ?

    I rule out any Jewish meaning.

    Thanks

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    Chester, the symbol is two interlocking triangles, denoting a sign of strength, first used by Wilkinson and much copied thereafter. Nothing to do with the Star of David although often misquoted.

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    Thanks Ben, very interesting !

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    Very nice indeed.... We don't see many like that!

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    Few are found in such original condition. A quality gold acorn sword knot from a dealer such as Crisps would be worth adding to this sword.

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