British Pattern 1908 Sword & Scabbard
This Pattern 08 sword shows the Wilkinson makers name and the date of manufacture, Oct/1915. All of the British proofs remain on the excellent blade that was sharpened at some point in time. There are no Canadian issue marks. The guard, cap and scabbard were all nickled at some point in time. In addition, the head of the grip was relived which allowed for a more secure hold of the sword in the charge position. The question arises as to why the above alterations were made. It is possible that this sword was part of the lot of 08 swords as acquired by the RNWMP cavalry squadron (184) men in 1918. This unit was part of the expeditionary force for Siberia. See "Arms & Accoutrements of the Mounted Police ,1873-1973" by Phillips & Donald Klancher ,pages 132-135. These swords remained with the force and may well have been nickeled and used by the Mounted Police units in the various coronations. parades and functions up to the early 1970's. Many years ago we had acquired a similar sword from the Estate of the late Wild Bill Fraser, a noted member of the RCMP . This may well be an item worth further research.