From the collection of: Iain Norman
late 19th to early 20th century mounts, blade 19th century at least - Tuareg
This sword is another that uses forte plates to extend the life of an old blade. This is a single fuller example, almost certainly of European origin. The surface is deeply eroded and pockmarked. This blade may have considerable age. It is unmarked.
The hilt is of the usual form, leather covered guard and stacked pommel. The pommel is of an older style than usually seen with the top plate still curved leaving a hollow inside the pommel. Later pommels are simple to flat pieces of steel with the brass and copper stacks on top.
Overall a very good sword, extremely sharp and sturdy and a nice example of how good blades were long recycled and reused in these environments.