Non-Regulation 91st Foot (Argyllshire Highlanders) Officer’s Sword
A very rare non-regulation Highland officer’s sword by Pillin, carrying the etched regimental dedication for the Argyllshire Highlanders (91st Regiment of Foot) and the initials ‘HW’, for Henry Wood. Wood commissioned in 1852 and made Captain in 1858.
This sword is non-regulation (or special order) in several ways, being a kind of prototype of the later regulation Field Rank officer’s sword for Highland regiments. It has a ‘French’ pommel cap (with remains of Highland regimental tassel attached), steel scroll hilt and a narrowed version of the ‘claymore’ or broadsword blade, resulting in what is essentially a rapier blade (of 34.5 inches).
Pillin were a top maker of the time and rival of Wilkinson. This is a superb sword, in good condition with patina, with very detailed blade etching and extra engraving to the steel scroll guard. The blade appears to have been service sharpened.