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    Thanks for clearing up the browning issue... I...

    Thanks for clearing up the browning issue...
    I did wonder and it seems I have laboured under a misapprehension...
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    Sticky: Hi Will So I tried ordering Renaissance Wax and...

    Hi Will
    So I tried ordering Renaissance Wax and after ordering (and paying for) it the supplier sent the following e-mail

    Thank you for choosing REDACTED as your online retail portal.

    We...
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    Thanks Mike, I had a lot of fun finding out about...

    Thanks Mike, I had a lot of fun finding out about Lt Col Smith. Indeed I found out a lot more than I expected I would...

    British troops serving in South Africa definitely browned their bayonets,...
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    Thank you... this is all very interesting...

    Thank you... this is all very interesting...
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    Here you go, here are some pics of the grip. ...

    Here you go, here are some pics of the grip.



    The grip wasn't covered? Really? All the pictures I have seen of 1845 pattern swords show grips covered with wire and what looks like a fish skin...
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    Sticky: Thank you that is very helpful!

    Thank you that is very helpful!
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    Hi Will Given the fact that someone replaced...

    Hi Will

    Given the fact that someone replaced the handle at some point makes me think that the damage sustained by the blade was in the 20th century after it passed from Lt Col Smith's ownership....
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    Hi John The initials are PHS which tallies...

    Hi John
    The initials are PHS which tallies perfectly with the proof book entry for the serial number. Phillip Henry Smith purchased thew sword.
    I appreciate they are tricky to see in the photos but...
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    Sticky: Hi Everyone We are the proud owners of an 1845...

    Hi Everyone
    We are the proud owners of an 1845 Pattern British Infantry Officer's Sword (bought from Wilkinson Sword in 1863).
    It has certainly seen better days and has sustained some battle...
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    Hi Everyone Thank you for the very warm welcome...

    Hi Everyone
    Thank you for the very warm welcome and kind words of encouragement.
    Thank you also for taking the time to assist and read what I thought may be a thread of little interest. It is nice...
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    What did a sword cost in 1863?

    Hi Everyone
    Brand new to the forum... Today is my first day.
    I have always been interested in military history. I am also a (retired) fencer.
    It thus seemed fitting that at the end of last year my...
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