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REGIMENTAL SKEAN DHU. GORDON HIGHLANDERS CIRCA 1880 #8994
A 19th century (circa 1880) regimental Scottish Skean Dhu for an officer of the GORDON HIGHLANDERS, 4 inch single edged blade the back of the blade with a scalloped edge and a single fuller either side, the gilt brass mounted horn hilt moulded with a lattice design inset with brass studs and one of the emblems of the the Gordon Highlanders, the Sphinx which was granted to them for their use after their success at the battle of The Nile in Egypt, the top mount set with a coloured stone, the wooden sheath covered with leather, decorated gilt brass mounts and stamped with the retailers stamp "R & HB KIRKWOOD. THISTLE STREET. EDINR". A patch of brown leather added to back of sheath. see enlarged photo. Overall 7¾ inches. #8994myo
In April 1805 the Sphinx was adopted by Regimental Order as the crest to be worn on their bonnets in place of a regimental button.
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