Boer War Sword
This sword was originally purchased in 1896 by Sir Evelyn Wood VC to give to his son Arthur, who had just joined the 2nd Battalion of The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).
Sir Evelyn Wood had also served with the 2nd Battalion and had commanded it for a short time. He later went on to win the Victoria Cross medal and become a Field Marshall.
Arthur Wood took the sword with him to South Africa during the Boer War from 1899 to 1902, but lost it, probably in battle.
In the 1950s a farmer in South Africa dug up the sword in his field, after hitting it with his plough. He recognised the badge of The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) and had it presented to the museum in 1958.
The scabbard, or cover for the blade, has rusted from its time buried in the earth, but the blade is in surprisingly good condition.