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Moro Sword Cane, 18th or 19th Century


Length with scabbard 38 7/8 in. (98.7 cm); Length without scabbard 29 ¼ in. (74.3 cm); Length of blade 24 ¼ in. (61.6 cm); Width 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm); Weight 1 lb. 1.1 oz. (484.8 g); Weight of scabbard 1 lb. 5.9 oz. (620.9 g).

“In the Yosemite Valley,” albumen silver print from glass negative by Carleton E. Watkins, circa 1878. 

(Via The Met)


Kaskara with Snake Fuller, 19th Century

Straight-bladed swords with cruciform guards and disk-shaped pommels, known as kaskaras, are typical of the Sahara region, particularly Sudan. While the hilt of this example was locally made, the fine blade of crucible (“watered”) steel is Iranian and bears the name of Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar, who ruled Iran from 1848 to 1896. This sword was taken as booty by the British general James Grenfell Maxwell at the battle of Omdurman, during the Mahdi uprising in Sudan, on September 2, 1898.

Date: hilt, late 19th century; blade, 1848–96

Culture: hilt, Sudanese; blade, Iranian

Medium: Steel, copper alloy, wood, leather, gold

Dimensions: L. 40 ½ in. (103 cm); L. of blade 34 11/16 in. (88 cm); Gr. W. of blade 1 ¾ in. (4.3 cm); W. of guard 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm); Wt. 2 lbs. 14 oz. (1304.1 g)

The double-headed snake fuller is incredible. According to the Instagram account of Sean Belair, the pommel is also a rattle!