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Wilkinson British Highland Officer's Sword of Lieutenant Henry Balfour Fergusson Bryant, MVO, Highland Light Infantry

32.5" blade with 16.75" median fuller, 1.25" wide at ricasso.  S/N 36545.  Steel guard of regimental form with red wool and leather liner trimmed in blue silk.  Blade etched throughout with thistles and foliate themes along with Royal cypher and crown, Highland Light Infantry regimental crest, and personal monogram of Lt. Bryant surmounted by Scottish flag and motto "RESPICE ASPICE PROSPICE" (Look to the past, present, and future).  Steel scabbard.

Henry Balfour Fergusson Bryant is included in the 1901 British Army List as a Lieutenant in the Highland Light Infantry serving in the Egyptian Army, with his first appointment dated July of 1899.  Before his entry into the Highland Light Infantry, in 1895, Bryant is recorded as serving in the militia.  He is again mentioned in the 1907 List as a Lieutenant serving as Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of Bombay, India.  Balfour would not serve long in India, as he died of enteric fever in 1908.  His obituary in the Times of London states that by his death "...the Army loses one of its strongest racquet players."

Condition:

Good.  Blade shows some scattered oxidation from age with etching remaining visible and legible.  Some wear and flaking of finish to guard typical of age.  Most of the blue silk trim is missing from guard.  A very attractive sword from a short-lived regiment.

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,680
12/08/2020

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