Originally Posted by Robert
The only reason that I can think of for the woven silver band to have been left behind is that the original ferrule possibly was made from swassa and the band just did not have enough value to be bothered with at the time.
I agree, a great point Robert. Notice that the silver on the scabbard is intact, so only the swassa would have been valuable enough I suppose, more so (even at 9k gold) than regular sterling or coin silver.
This is the reason I suggested to Sajen that the hilt bands may have been swassa over copper or brass, and so went with the closest to this - rose gold covered brass.
And once again, thank you Robert, Charles, and the rest of you wonderful folks.