MARK: Struck on the underside of quillon with an incuse maker’s mark “WK” in a conforming reserve (partially obscured by the blade) and an incuse crowned leopard’s head (London city mark). Also struck on the base of the pommel with an intaglio left-facing lion (English standard mark).
INSCRIPTION: Roughly engraved “WC” on inside of knuckle guard, possibly for William Campbell (1745-1781), who was noted for leading his militia at Kings Mountain.
MAKER: William Kinman was born in 1728 and died in 1788. His shop was located on East Harding Street, London from 1759 until 1773. A prominent silver sword hilt maker and founding member of the Founders’ Company of London, examples of Kinman’s work are held in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. See Leslie Southwick, “London Silver Hilted Swords: Their Makers, Suppliers, and Allied Traders” (Leeds, UK: Royal Armouries, 2001), 159-160.