This interesting First Pattern has clearly seen some honest wear but is possibly a very early example as it has some production anomalies that differentiate it from the normal pattern that one usually encounters.  The cross-guard is more pronounced in its ‘S’ curve than normal, along with the shoulder of the ricasso having been carefully ground to match the curves this must have been quite time consuming.  Also of interest is the Wilkinson etched panel which is ever so slightly different than the standard pattern.  Only a few examples of these rare First Patterns are know and due to the prior mentioned production anomalies it is my opinion that they were likely amongst the first to be produced. 

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