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Wilkinson British Highland Officer's Sword of Lieutenant James Ritchie, 3rd Gordon Highlanders

32.25" spearpoint blade with 16" median fuller, 1.125" wide at ricasso, S/N 41112.  Plated steel guard of regimental form with buff leather-backed red wool liner and wire-wrapped shagreen grip.  Blade well-etched throughout with thistles, reverse with "GORDON HIGHLANDERS" with thistle under crown, along with panel with stylized initials "JR".  Reverse shows George VII royal cypher.  Reverse ricasso marked with four-line Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall address.  Regimental pattern steel scabbard.

Lieutenant James Ritchie appears in the British Army List of June, 1907 as serving in the 3rd Gordon Highlanders, a militia regiment.  He appears to disappear from army records after this time, which may indicate he was a short-term officer, usually serving in their units for a year.  Another "J Ritchie" appears as a Lieutenant in the Highland Light Infantry in the Army List of 1915, though it is unclear whether this officer is of any relation to the one who owned this sword, as there is no corresponding name in the lists of the Gordon Highlanders.

Condition:

Blade has a pewter patination with good detail remaining on blade.  Guard has some very minor wear to plating.  Grip and liner in very good condition.

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

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