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Old 04-10-17, 06:36 AM
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I have recently come into a possession of a sword (Belonging to an Indian Police Service Officer). It has a Wilkinson blade.

I was told that the blade was owned by somebody else prior to being owned by the IPS officer. I would like, if possible, to try and find out who that original owner might have been.

I found a website (Cannot find the piece of paper I wrote the link on) and ran the serial number up on it. It stated that the blade had been manufactured sometime between 1914 and 1917.

Any help, as always, would be most appreciated

Ron
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Old 04-10-17, 06:57 AM
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Wilkinson Sword have a register of for whom and when there numbered blade swords were made.

You can contact them and order a copy of the page in the register.

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Old 04-10-17, 01:59 PM
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Hello Gents,

Wilkinson is no longer in possession of their number ledgers. Richard Milner had the remaining Wilkinson ledgers. He runs a service called 'Arms Research' and if the associated ledger has survived can look up the numbers for a small fee. I will add a link to his website below.

http://www.armsresearch.co.uk/

I have a copy of the numbers and can date swords, knives and guns but no other information.

Wilkinson was very hit and miss with recording numbers and/or details or all their arms, so a little luck is needed.

Good luck and let me know if I can assist further.

Cheerio,

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Hello Gents,

Wilkinson is no longer in possession of their number ledgers. Richard Milner had the remaining Wilkinson ledgers. He runs a service called 'Arms Research' and if the associated ledger has survived can look up the numbers for a small fee. I will add a link to his website below.

http://www.armsresearch.co.uk/

I have a copy of the numbers and can date swords, knives and guns but no other information.

Wilkinson was very hit and miss with recording numbers and/or details or all their arms, so a little luck is needed.

Good luck and let me know if I can assist further.

Cheerio,

Roy
Hi Roy, does a Wilkinson sword have Wilkinson written on it, and do you have any records for hobson and son swords.
Thanks andrew
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Old 05-10-17, 02:17 PM
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Hi Andrew,

As Wilkinson is a particular area of study for me (see my website), this is the only company I have specific details on.

Wilkinson had marked their guns, swords and knives (and everything else) in many different ways since 1804 (prior it was H. Nock). But a normal making from the the period (around 1900) one would expect to see it the cartouche of HW (as I recall) for Henry Wilkinson).

I can't seem to lay my hands on the photographs of the swords I have owned in the past, but if I find them I will post an image.

Cheerio,

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Hi Andrew,

I'm still searching my records but see attached the style of etching used during the First World War.

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