Rare Edward VII cypher Gordon Highlanders Regiment Scottish basket hilt broad sword. The Edward VII cypher dates this sword from the early 1900's to 1910 as his reign was from 1901 - 1910. Combined with the reasonably early serial number of 25905 this would date it perfectly for just prior to WWI and gives it an age of over 100 years!
Features the Gordon Highlander Stag monogram with the "Bydand" moto meaning (abiding, steadfast, an adjectival use of the Middle Scots present participle of bide or a contraction of the Scots phrase 'Bide and Fecht,' meaning "Stay and Fight".) Furthermore this sword features the coveted makers mark of "Henry Wilkinson, Paul Mall, London". The sword itself is in fair condition showing signs of its considerable age with some light rust and pitting. There is some damage to the basket and the grip leather shows signs of age , please see photos for details. Unfortunately the scabbard has been lost to time. We do not often see antique Scottish swords so this is a treat to have in store. Would be a great addition to a collection but also a desirable appreciating asset.
Blade Length : 82cm
Overall Length : 97cm
Some more information on the Gordon Highlanders care of Wikipedia,
The Gordon Highlanders was a line infantry regiment of the British Army that existed for 113 years, from 1881 until 1994, when it was amalgamated with the Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) to form the Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons). Although the 'gordon highlanders' had existed as the 92nd (Gordon Highlanders) Regiment of Foot since 1794, the actual 'Gordon Highlanders Regiment' was formed in 1881 by amalgamation of the 75th (Stirlingshire) Regiment of Foot and 92nd (Gordon Highlanders) Regiment of Foot.