From the collection of: Iain Norman

Attribution

early to mid 20th century mounts, blade 19th century - Tuareg

Comments

A nice example of an early 20th century takouba which reuses a much older blade. The blade is a triple fuller possible European import which has had a long working life. It is however most likely made in the Sahel or Maghreb. Extensive sharpening on the tip means the fuller actually opens onto the tip of the sword. The base has been shortened and given new life in a "sandwich" mount consisting of twin forte plates.

The hilt is of the typical style, using leather on top of a steel guard and grip. The pommel is stacked with brass and copper. This was very much a working sword when it was assembled and the blade has been in the Sahel for considerable time.

Measurements

Overall: 95cm