From the collection of: Will Goodwin

Attribution

19th century – Likely Tuareg

Comments

A good example of a 19th century Tuareg sword, with a typical triple fuller blade and low oval pommel characteristic of the Air region.

The blade shows extensive signs of age with mild pitting and the usual re-profiling of the tip due to sharpening. The blade is possibly a European trade blade and the half-moon stamps are well struck with more detail showing than on many examples – one stamp is struck deeper than the other. The fullers are well formed, but lack the more rounded edge profile of typical European blades. On this basis it is perhaps more likely to be native work entirely.

The pommel is a sturdy brass example with the low profile associated with Air region swords and a typical slightly raised midrib. This style of pommel is a precursor to the more commonly seen “stacked” pommels, where the midrib morphed into a series of independent plates, usually of brass and copper. The guard and grip are leather covered and the material is doubtless newer than the rest of the assembly. However this is quite typical to encounter with these swords as the arid conditions meant the leather deteriorated rapidly.

Measurements

Total length= 37 1/4"

Blade length= 31 3/4"

Blade width= 1 13/16" at the hilt

Guard= 4 3/4" across

Handle= 3"

Pommel= 2 1/8" across