Three Takouba, Sahel, Africa
Three Takouba, Sahel, Africa
Royal Naval Artillery Volunteer Cutlass
Description Royal Naval Artillery Volunteer cutlass, the hilt of the cutlass consists of a steel half-basket guard. The cutlass has a brass lion’s head pommel and back-piece, the mane extending the length of the back-piece. The cutlass has a black shark-skin grip, the binding of which is now missing. There is a catch on the reverse of the grip, which engages in the upper locket. The cutlass has a prominent tang button. The slightly curved flat steel blade has a double-edged spear point. The obverse of the blade is engraved with a shield motif in which the owner’s name is usually engraved, along with a motif of a rayed crown over a foul anchor, all of which are surrounded by foliage motifs. The reverse of the blade is engraved on the shoulder with the words ‘SILVER & CO, LONDON’. The reverse of the blade is also engraved with a rayed crown over the letters ‘R.N.A.V.’ with a foliage motif above and below. The brown leather scabbard has one brass locket and chape. The mounts are ornamented with lines.
Old warrior sword in metal, leather and yellow copper. Blade of local manufacture. L 93cm. Touareg. Sahara
Old style hilt with a locally made blade, probably 20th century.
British Pattern 1796 Infantry Officer’s Sword
The Pattern 1796 Infantry Officer’s Sword was the successor to the Pattern 1786 sword (which was really just a blade pattern and officers could choose whatever hilt they wished). The hilt of the P1796 was based on a Continental pattern which had been in existence for some time–a gilt brass guard and knuckle bow with silver wire (sometimes sheet silver) wrapped grip. The blades are generally 1 inch wide at the ricasso and approximately 31-32 inches long and decorated in some manner (etching or blue & gilt, for example). This pattern was in service until 1822 when a new infantry sword pattern was introduced. For an outstanding article on British swords of the period, please see “The British Officer’s Sword 1776-1815” by David Critchley.
This example was cleaned vigorously throughout its 200 year life and no decoration or maker name remains. The gilt is almost completely gone from the brass hilt. The grip is a wood core with silver sheet wrap to simulate wire. The guard is hinged on the inside portion so that when it is folded it will not damage the wearer’s uniform.
This is a pattern which would have been carried by British infantry officers at the Battle of Waterloo.
leather – cotton – Height: 116 cm – Width: 73 cm
North Africa, Wide, European, double-edged blade with round tip, of hexagonal section. First part with iron reinforcement, with a stamp. Brass, cross-quillon, engraved and pierced, iron pommel, shaped as Brazil nut, chiselled in the upper part. Leather-covered grip. Leather scabbard, decorated with geometrical imprints, brass mounts, decorated en suite with the quillon. Three suspension laces. Scarce. length 89.5 cm.
Straight, double-edged blade of lenticular section, with three fullers at the forte and two, crescent-marks. Leather-covered quillon and grip. Circular, iron pommel with big, square cusp, partially plated with brass. Leather scabbard, decorated with geometrical imprints and brass mounts, small damage at the tip. Two, leather, suspension bands. length 92 cm.
I’m still learning about takouba, but this one is 20th century to my eye. Maybe mid-20th century. Takouba are still made today, both for tourists and as a part of traditional dress. They are often attributed to the Tuareg, but the takouba was/is used by a variety of peoples.
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Indian Tegha, 18th Century
Massive 36 inch sword with a 32.5 inch blade, 2.5 inch wide, silver koftgari tulwar hilt.
British Special Regimental Pattern Rifle Officer’s Sword of the Warwickshire Rifle Volunteers
79.9 cm plated unfullered plated blade double edged towards the point by Reeves maker Birmingham, etched with scrolling foliage, crowned VR cypher, slung bugle horn and regimental title within scrolls, special pattern steel hilt with bowl guard pierced and engraved with acorns and oak leaves, scrolls and crowned Royal cypher, slung bugle horn and regimental title, wire bound fish skin covered grip without back piece, in its steel scabbard, two suspension rings, complete with sword knot of black leather strap and acorn.