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    In my opinion it's because they are quite poorly...

    In my opinion it's because they are quite poorly made. If you just compare one thing, such as the way the fullers start and end, they are rather sloppy compared to a Mole or Reeves.
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    As I understand it, Robert has retired from sword...

    As I understand it, Robert has retired from sword things.
  3. Updated C. J. M swords by Wilkinson article

    Hi folks,
    With the help of new information and with the assistance of Jordan Pryce Lewis and Bob Hedger, I have managed to update my 2018 article on the C. J. M swords by Wilkinson with new images...
  4. No, this is standard infantry proportions....

    No, this is standard infantry proportions. Cavalry blades are 1 1/4 inch wide.
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    MBE is a franchise, so they vary hugely from...

    MBE is a franchise, so they vary hugely from branch to branch. Ignore the Saleroom MBE quote and always contact MBE directly - it is almost always cheaper then. Jentel and Pack and Send are other...
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    Oh, I was going to suggest Colonel Sanders.

    Oh, I was going to suggest Colonel Sanders.
  7. Great job!

    Great job!
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    No, I keep coming back to this sword, but have...

    No, I keep coming back to this sword, but have never made a near certain match yet.
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    Nice! Though that introduces a secondary...

    Nice!
    Though that introduces a secondary question because I thought Edward Thurkle had switched to using the T Prooved slug by 1873.
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    I have two of these non-regulation naval swords...

    I have two of these non-regulation naval swords with the same hilt and blade combination. It seems they were their own little sub-group.
    Regarding the locking pin on naval swords, I believe that...
  11. 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....
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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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  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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.
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  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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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