Category: swords

Kaskara and Rhinoceros Hide Shield

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Kaskara and Rhinoceros Hide Shield

British Highland Field Officer’s Sword, Late 1…

British Highland Field Officer’s Sword, Late 19th Century

A fantastic robust-bladed example of a Highland field officer’s sword, by Mole of Birmingham. Highland officers of Major and higher rank were permitted to wear these special Scinde Cavalry scroll hilts on their broadsword blades, but being that this was a pattern only for Field Rank officers of Highland regiments, these swords do not come around often. Additionally, this is a Victorian example (most surviving ones are George V) and given the straight fully-chequered 1895 pattern backstrap, must date to 1895-1901.

Power & Status – Wide Blades

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Gold inlaid shamshir, India, 19th century.

Gold inlaid shamshir, India, 19th century.

from Czerny’s International Auction House

Gold decorated khanda with red velvet scabbard…

Gold decorated khanda with red velvet scabbard, India, 19th century.

from Czerny’s International Auction House

British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer’s S…

British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword

Colonel Thomas Monstery, and the Training of J…

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Fine Indian tulwar, 19th century.

Fine Indian tulwar, 19th century.

from Czerny’s International Auction House

British Pattern 1857 Engineers Officer’s Sword…

British Pattern 1857 Engineers Officer’s Sword

An absolutely superb 1857 pattern Royal Engineers officer’s sword, made by top maker Pillin of London and carrying an extra-detailed etched blade containing the crest of the original officer (unidentified). This sword is unusually robust and is heavier than an average example of the pattern, having a thick brass guard and deep grip.

Takouba Research Society

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Takouba.org is a fantastic site that explores the takouba and related swords. High quality research and photos–I highly recommend visiting!

Images © Takouba Research Society

Takouba are far more diverse than one might guess. They were used over a geographic area roughly the size of Europe by many ethnicities and over a relatively large time span (the blade of one example in the takouba.org database dates to the 13th century, and several date to the 17th century). There are different pommel styles, guard styles, and blade types. These are really fascinating swords!

Above: a takouba with an iron cuirass from Nigeria ©Iain Norman