From the collection of: Chris Topping
Believed mid-late 19th century Tuareg.
Pommel is of older rounded form with bronze and brass decorative plates. Handle is six-sided steel construction and extremely thick and sturdy. Guard is hammered steel stuffed with burlap or similar cloth for padding. Originally would have been leather covered.
Blade shows repeated sharpening from the first third of the blade to the tip leading exaggerated tip profile. Still extremely sharp. Half moon makers marks are clearly struck and fullers are forged. This is possibly a European trade blade.
Piece is sturdy and well balanced. Wide pommel makes for excellent handling and works well for precise blade handling when blade is fingered.
Overall: 94.5cm (37.2in.)
Blade: 79.5 (31.3in.)
Blade width: 4.5cm (1.8in.)
Hilt: 7.5cm (2.9in.)
Guard: 11cm (4.3in.)