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Mervyn Mitton

Tercentenary Sword

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This beautiful sword was made by the Wilkinson Sword Company to mark the Tercentenary of The Castle in Capetown (South Africa). Silver hilt, with an

Oval plate of gold showing the front gate of the Castle. The hilt is marked for the Dates - 1679 - 1979. Special edition of 100 and mounted without a

scabbard.

The Castle is still a wonderful place to visit and now contains a museum. The

5 points became the stars for officers' epaulettes, and the outline of the Castle

has the same meaning as the Queen's Crown on senior (majors upwards) officers

badges of rank. I have valued it at 3000 Pounds ($4800)

http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_02_2014/post-6209-0-24489000-1393235679.jpgclick

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This shows the length of the sword in it's case. The glass - as always - made it difficult for photos.

http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_02_2014/post-6209-0-58505700-1393235870.jpgclick

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Chris - Wilkinson Sword Company made them for sale - but, I understand that their expectation was that many

would be purchased for presentation. The company went out of production in 2005 and their main presses and

forges were sold to an old German sword company. The 1977 Jubilee sword was never repeated - so it becomes

even rarer. Mervyn

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I am not generally a fan of Wilkinson's late 20th century presentation or commemorative swords, but that one looks very nice. Thank you for sharing!

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