From the collection of: Jean-Paul Cazes

Attribution

19th to early 20th century. Hausa or Nupe likely

Comments

A nicely decorated sword typical for Hausa or Nupe regions. The blade is of the usual triple fuller arrangement and likely of native make. The blade is marked with a circle motif, which while in the same arrangement as the usual half moons, does not seem to be a particular effort to imitate them besides the placement.

The hilt is of brass, decorated at the guard with the usual four petal motif while the pommel is somewhat different in construction with a domed top half while the bottom is integral to the grip. The grip is slightly unusual in being multi sided. Not often seen on brass hilted swords.

Perhaps most interestingly the sword was in a condition where the owner could easily disassemble it, revealing how the mount was created. Strips of cloth and leather were used inside the hilt to secure the fit. Wrapping the tang and cushioning the guard. The parts were then soldered into place and the tang would have been peened.

The attribution to the Hausa or Nupe is partially based on the long scabbard throat, the chape would been long as well, but is unfortunately missing. 

This is a very handsome sword, showing off nicely the metal working skills of the region.

Measurements

Total length : 88,2 cm
Blade : 73 cm x max. 4,9 cm x 0,4 cm
Weight (sword only) : 775 g.