From the collection of: Mauro Coltorti


Likely early to mid 20th century - Tuareg most likely, perhaps Hausa.


A nice brass hilted example with a leather covered guard and native blade. The blade features a central wide fuller that is parallel close to the guard and than tapers toward the mid part. The central fuller is bordered by two smaller, rough fullers on each side. The edges of the upper half of the blade are blunt and only the lower half is sharp. The blade tapers and is triangular in shape. A feature usually seen on wide blades. The tip is rounded as is typical with all takouba. The profile of the blade is flat and it shows good signs of age and use. The surface is almost homogeneously pitted with small pits prevailing.

The brass hilt is the standout feature of this sword. It is almost cylindrical but realized with many elongated sides 2.5 mm wide that make it polygonal.  It is split in three parts by a zig zag incisions that goes all around the perimeter. The central part has no further decoration but the upper and the lower ring have a series of small horizontal segments.  

The guard being leather covered in the manner typically seen in the 20th century. The leather featuring geometric designs in black on the rear side while the front side is confuse. The oval pommel is solid brass and is decorated with a super elevated cap  made by three superimposed plates. The lower one is made of brass and has an hexagonal irregular shape the sides of which are decorated with rhomboids net of lines. The middle and the upper ones generated a quadrangular pyramids topped with the terminal part of the shot back iron tang.  The middle red copper plate has short orthogonal decorations on the edges while the upper one is again brass split in two by horizontal decoration..This style seems to be an established type and can be compared to swords 08 and 27 in the catalog. 

The scabbard is made with fine leather and has a leather super elevated locket decorated with geometric decorations. A brass ring constitute a further reinforce and is decorated with three segments the upper and the lower one decorated with a net of oblique lines. The central strip is plain but contains a central perforated star and two perforated small circles. The perforation shows a red colour inside the star and a greenish/greyish colour inside the circles. The chape is also reinforced with a brass plate with a rectangular front part split with parallel segment and containing 5 perforated dots, two having a lower red colour and the other three greenish/greyish. 

The scabbard is also decorated with geometric design on both sides. Zig zag, dots , triangles and a net of lines are the most common decorations.

An ethnic attribution is inconclusive at the time of writing, but is likely to be Tuareg.


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