From the collection of: Arnaud De Jaureguiberry
Very late 19th to early 20th century mounts blade likely German later half of the 17th century - Hausa or Fulani from Nigeria/Cameroon border regions
This sword is a mixture of a likely older European blade and mounts likely from the late 19th to early 20th century. The blade is of a common single fuller pattern with running wolf and cross and orb. The blade dates perhaps as far back as the mid to later 17th century and is of a pattern common on broadswords of the period as well as a typical Solingen export of the time.
The hilt is of a transitional form, the pommel not a full dome but not a 'stacked pommel either. It is heavy and well made. The grip exhibits a braided leather pattern which seems common to swords from the Cameroon/Nigeria border regions and therefore is likely associated with the Fulani who established emirates in the area.
Overall a beautiful and complete sword.
length 92.5 cm
width at ricasso 4.4 cm
thickness at ricasso 5.4cm