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Kulah Khud, Persian style helmet, c.1898

This handsome iron and brass helmet was recovered from the Omdurman battlefield. It would have been worn by a Dervish warrior. Situated just north of Khartoum, the battle of 2 September 1898 marked the culmination of Major-General Sir Horatio Herbert (later Field Marshal, 1st Earl) Kitchener’s re-conquest of the Sudan. Kitchener commanded a force of 8,000 British regulars and a mixed force of 17,000 Sudanese and Egyptian soldiers. Armed with modern rifles, Maxim guns and artillery they easily defeated the 50,000 strong Dervish army of Abdullah al-Taashi. Kitchener’s force lost 48 men with 382 wounded as opposed to the 10,000 dead and 13,000 wounded of the Dervishes.

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Sudanese Arms and Armour, 19th Century

Kaskara, 19th Century A 19th Century Sudanese…

Kaskara, 19th Century

A 19th Century Sudanese Kaskara sword, the 90 cm (35 ½ in.) double edged fullered blade on hilt with cross guard and white metal mounted embossed grip, 105 cm (41 ¼ in.) long overall.

Sudanese Kaskara, 19th Century

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Sudanese Kaskara, 19th Century

Kaskara and Rhinoceros Hide Shield

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Kaskara and Rhinoceros Hide Shield

Beja warrior with spear and shield.

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Beja warrior with spear and shield.

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Beja Warrior Holding a Kaskara 

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Sudanese Kaskara, 19th Century 

Straight, double-edged blade of almost flat section, three central fullers and two crescents marked on both facets. Gray, non-ferrous metal, cross-shaped quillon, quillons ribbed and slightly enlarged toward the ends. Bone, cylindrical grip (veining) engraved with concentric circles. Wooden and metal, disk-pommel.

Kaskara, 19th Century Sudanese kaskara, 19th …

Kaskara, 19th Century

Sudanese kaskara, 19th century, straight 33 inch double edged and fullered blade, incised with extensive inscriptions; heavy guard of diamond section; twine-wrapped grip and leather wheel pommel with blackened finish.

Sudanese Kaskara, 19th Century A good example…

Sudanese Kaskara, 19th Century

A good example with high quality blade of this knightly style sword, it has a cruciform hilt with a steel cross-guard, the wood grip is wrapped with cord, and the disk pommel is covered with leather, the straight double edged blade 78cm in length engraved with crest moons, serpent and script. The reverse with Drury Lion, makers stamp and orb, no scabbard