From the collection of: Klaus Hülser


Mid to late 19th century - Hausa


This is a good example of a 19th century Hausa sword with locally made blade. The blade follows the typical pattern with three fullers, but has no dukari or half moon stamps. The fullers are fairly wavy, coupled with a flat profile, this indicates local manufacture.

The hilt is of a classic form, with a large rounded pommel and brass plates covering the guard. The pommel is steel and the two halves joined in the usual manner with brass solder. The grip tube is brass, but there is likely a steel tube beneath this. While the guard is a combination of steel, organic material and brass plates.

This is an excellent representation of the most common form of takouba to be encountered in Hausaland in the 19th century.


Overall: 97cm

Blade length: 80.5cm

Blade width at base: 3cm