ERII Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Presentation Basket Hilt, sold
In very good condition, an unusual / bespoke ERII Argyll &
Sutherland Highlanders Ceremonial / Presentation Basket Hilt.
Gilt basket hilt, etched to Wilkinson Sword but with no serial
number, two eagles replace the normal proof slug. Very high quality
etched blade with the badge of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders,
most likely a presentation or ceremonial sword during their tour
of duty in Iraq where they trained the Iraqi Civil Defence Corps
(ICDC, now called the Iraqi National Guard). Could be converted
for use by a serving officer simply by removing and nickel plating
The 32 1/4 inch blade is in very good condition and firm in the
hilt. The gilt of the hilt is good but with some stains / surface
abrasions. The faux fishskin grip is good, as are the twisted grip
wire bindings. The scarlet hilt insert has some moth holes (it is
fairly easy to replace this); the rest of the insert is good. The
scarlet tassle in good shape. The plated steel scabbard has some
small light surface rust patches and staining but is sound. The
brass mouthpiece of the scabbard shows the sword was made with a
gilt hilt. The sword sheathes and draws well.
I doubt you will find another, so a real find for A&SH collectors.
Yours for £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference
number W90 (1209). Further / full sized pictures available upon