Victorian Royal Aberdeen Highlanders Scottish
In fair / sound condition, a rare Victorian Royal Aberdeen Highlanders
Scottish Basket Hilted Broadsword.
The blade of this sword has been foolishly replated to make it
bright. Foolish as the hilt, grip and scabbard are aged, so it looks
out of place. Foolish also because it hides the etching for the
most part, but just visible is enough to determine the blade is
etched to the Royal Aberdeen Highlanders, who became part of the
Gordon Highlanders. On the plus side, it is a rare sword and the
plating could potentially be removed (there are both chemical and
reverse electroplating processes), perhaps for the whole sword to
The 32 inch blade is firm in the hilt. The electroplated basket
hilt has yellowed with age and there are small rust blisters. The
fishskin grip is an unusual natural cream colour (rather than black)
and in good condition, as are the twisted grip wire bindings. The
basket hilt also benefits from its original scarlet red with royal
blue edgings liner. The steel scabbard is aged and with a kink,
but the sword sheathes and draws well enough; the top of the scabbard
is at a slight angle to the hilt when full sheathed, so there is
a very small gap.
A rare sword and just £? (too late, now sold). Please quote
item reference number AA47 (0043). Full sized / additional photos
available upon request.