Object Title

Lead cutter and scabbard - No. 1

Lead cutter and scabbard - No. 1

Date

1800-1899

Object Number

IX.315

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

The is the master entry for information on Wilkinsons. Information has not yet been entered here but may be found in the following sources:
W.E. May and P.G.W. Annis, 'Swords for Sea Service', 2 vols (cont. pag.), London, 1970, II, p. 311.
Robert, Wilkinson-Latham, 'Mr. Wilkinson, Pall Mall, London: the history of Wilkinson Sword in two volumes, 1772-1972', Anna Valley, PL Publishing, 2000.
J. Arlett, 'Wilkinson Sword: a short history', n.d., n.p.
There was clearly a different sword on this inv. no. before this sword was accessioned. In ffoullkes's 'Inventory' (1916) IX.315 and 316 are desribed as 'Life Guards' swords, similar to the above. On loan to the Maison Dieu, Dover'. The preceding entry is for a group of 59 swords with brass hilts similar to the Heavy Cavalry pattern 1796 (RA Cavalry type J - see entry for IX.256). IX.316 has a brass hilt with S-bars (RA Cavalry type H - see entry for IX.232). As there is no reason to believe that IX.316 has been changed it seems more likely that ffoulkes mis-identified the swords on loan to Maison Dieu (which could have been displayed high up) and that both IX.315 and 316 were of Cavalry type H.
According to the Marks Cards, IX.315 and 316 had the same anchor mark on the blade, commonly found on blades of Cavalry type H (but not on Cavalry type J). IX.315 may have been sold in the sales that began in 1965, leaving the number vacant to be replaced by the present sword. (PJL, 23/07/02).