From the collection of: Iain Norman
Mounts likely turn of the century to 1st quarter of the 20th century. The blade late 18th or early 19th century and European from a backsword pattern. Tuareg or Hausa likely
This takouba is an interesting example of a colonial military pattern blade being reused in a native context. The exact pattern is unknown but most likely this is from a French or British sword originally. It is a slim blade with excellent quality steel and a very slight curve.
The hilt is a nicely decorated brass example, with a transitional pommel that is slightly domed but with stacks. The grip tube is multi faceted and the guard features a cross hatched decorative motif.
Overall this is a solid sword showing an interesting alternative to the usual triple fuller pattern.
Blade length: 77cm