From the collection of: (formerly) Iain Norman
19th century (blade older) - Hausa or Tuareg
While the sword likely received it's current mounts in the 19th century, the blade of this takouba is much older, almost certainly of European origin and bearing the common markings of the running wolf and the cross and orb. The style of the blade and markings likely place this as a 17th century blade. The marks appear to be genuine and not local copies.
The hilt is the typical older style with a large pommel and decorative brass plate on one side. The scabbard is relatively intact with the usual decorative elements.
A good, older sword, representative of many of the takouba widely used in Hausa, Tuareg and Fulani regions.