British Wilkinson Presentation Sword To Canadian QOR Officer C.J. HAMTON
Superb quality British Pattern 1827/45 Rifle Officer’s presentation sword made by famous sword maker Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, London. Presented to Canadian Officer R.S.M C.J. HAMTON BY WO’S AND SR NCO’S 1 QOR OF C 15 JUNE 62.
DETAILS: straight single edge nickel plated steel blade with single central fuller superbly etched on the blackened background with crowned Royal arms and Royal cypher of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Features her initials, E II (Elizabeth II), and her title initial, R (Regina, Latin for Queen) and inscription PRESENTED TO R.S.M C.J. HAMTON BY WO’S AND SR NCO’S 1 QOR OF C 15 JUNE 62. All amongst elaborate scrolling foliage. Ricasso, etched: By Appointment to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Sword Cutlers, WILKINSON SWORD LTD MADE IN ENGLAND with Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom above. The reverse side etched with crowned heraldic shield, rifle strung bugle below and intricate scrolling foliage and etched on ricasso with star of David. The back of the blade is numbered 84305.
Patterned nickel-plated basket steel hilt, adorned with rifle strung bugle surmounted by royal crown within oval cartouche with its original braided leather sword knot. Shark skin covered ribbed grip, bound with finely twisted copper wires, stepped pommel and cross hatched back piece.
With its original nickel-plated steel parade scabbard with two suspension rings and additional field service leather covered, wood scabbard, complete with frog and suspension straps and belt. Stamped Fowlie with Scottish thistle.
WOI C. J. Hampton, CD was a veteran of the Second World War, and a qualified paratrooper. He was appointed Regimental Sergeant Major of the 1st Battalion from September 1958 to July 1962 and Regimental Sergeant Major of the Depot from July 1962 to 29 August 1965 after which time he was commissioned to Captain.
QOR (The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada) is a Primary Army Reserve infantry regiment based in Toronto. Founded on April 26 1860, it is the oldest continuously serving infantry regiment in Canada.
CONDITION: The sword is in very good condition considering its age to be over 57 years old
Overall length of the sword sheathed in the scabbard: 101.5 cm (39.96 inches)
Overall length without the scabbard: 98 cm (38.58 inches)
Length of the blade: 82.5 cm (32.48 inches)