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British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officer's Sword, Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia.

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British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 3
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 4
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 5
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 6
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 7
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 8
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 9
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 10
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 11
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 12
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 13
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 14
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 15
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 16
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 17
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 18
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 19
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 20
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 21
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 22
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 23
British 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Named to Richard Herbert Dickins, 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. 24
Description

Single-fullered blade with spear point, the blade 33 inches in length, 37¾ inches overall. Distinctive pierced gilt brass ‘Gothic’ hilt with crowned VR cypher within an oval with rose, shamrock and thistle, and small quillon. Gilt brass backstrap with integral pommel, black shagreen grip bound with gilt wire, black leather washer. Nickel-plated steel scabbard with two hanging rings.

The blade is etched with ‘R H Dickins’ within a scroll, as well as the crown and cypher of Queen Victoria and foliate motifs. At the ricasso on one side there is a brass proof slug and six-pointed star proof mark, and on the other side the retailer’s mark of ‘Hobson & Sons London & Woolwich’.

Born 1856 in Balsall Heath, Worcestershire, Richard Herbert Dickins appears in the 1871 Census as living in St Nicholas in Warwick, Warwickshire. In May 1874 he was commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant (Supernumerary) in the 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia. Supernumerary means that there was technically no vacancy for a new officer in the regiment at that time, but very soon afterward he was made a regular Lieutenant. This sword was most likely purchased in 1874 as part of the new officer’s uniform. He remained with the regiment until March 1878 when he resigned his commission at the rank of Lieutenant. He died in 1923 aged 67, and is buried at the Church of St James the Great, Idlicote, Warwickshire.

The 53rd, or 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Militia, was trained and billeted in the town of Leamington Spa from 1853, with purpose-built barracks erected in 1857 which can still be seen today.  From 1877 this was changed to the newly-built Budbrooke Barracks (now the village of Hampton Magna) which brought the whole unified Warwickshire regiment together in one place.

After the Childers Reforms of 1881 militia units were amalgamated with the regulars into larger regiments, so the 2nd became the 4th (Militia) Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. In 1898 and 1900 the Royal Warwickshires recruited two more battalions of regulars, so the 4th was bumped down in the precedence numbering to the 6th (Militia) Battalion. After 1908 it returned to being the 4th Battalion, designated Extra Reserve, serving as a training battalion on the Isle of Wight during WW1.

There are a few small nicks to the blade around the end of the fuller, and scattered areas of darker patination to the blade. The shagreen of the grip is generally good but with two small holes at the pommel end, the grip wiring is all present and tight. The brass is in superb condition and retains its gilding. The nickel plating of the scabbard has worn at a few points, all on the inside as it would be worn, and at the chape. These are probably areas where it rubbed against the uniform while being carried. The steel revealed by this wear has a dark patina on the ‘spots’ and a brighter finish on the chape.

 

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