Originally Posted by SwordFish
NE- don't hold me to this (although I should know this) but I believe the pattern Nr 21 was only hilted in brass. That being said, it wouldn't surprise me to find a later example hilted in aluminum.
Is there a simple non-destructive test to ID between aluminum and brass?
There are earlier swords of brass, I think mine is aluminum, where the gilt is worn the metal is white and the metal isn't cool and heavy like brass. The Holler 21's also seem to be pretty rare. Any idea on values?
P.S: If one were to acquire the "top" swords for each branch, unupgradeable examples, what makers and models do you recommend?