From the collection of: Robert Luquette

Attribution

Turn of the 19th century to first quarter of the 20th century likely Tuareg.

Comments

The P markings likely are meant to imitate the more commonly seen half moon marks - in turn a representation of the European man-in-the-moon mark.

It is worth noting that Spanish blades have been known to exhibit the P as a blade mark. However the placement of the Ps on this sword indicate that it was used to imitate the half moon marks and is of local manufacture.

Perhaps the best guess is that a local craftsmen had access to a European die or stamp and added it to the piece in an attempt to try and evoke the qualities of European manufactured blades.

The waves and some of the pits are indicative of a natively forged blade. The pommel appears to be steel or iron rather than the more typical stacks of brass and copper. However there is no reason to believe this sword could not be turn of the 20th century or even perhaps late 19th century.

Measurements

Overall: 87.63cm (34 1/2in.)
Blade: 73.66cm (29in.)