Fine Antique Kaskara
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Directory: Popular Collectibles: Militaria: Edged Weapons: Pre 1900: item # 1086031
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|From the areas of the Central and Eastern Sudan, a very fine quality Kaskara with an unusual hilt and scabbard. Probably from the Madhist Period, this sword reflects what Christopher Spring pointed out in his Book African Arms and Armor, ( SEE PG 41) when he said, " Sword blades... were traded across the Sahara from Mediterranean ports.. These blades would have been fitted with locally made hilts and scabbards.." This sword has an unusual, somewhat Takuba style scabbard and a cast brass hilt the suggests a Tulwar style, although the textured grip area and the use of brass would be unique to the region. The blade is beautifully crafted, strong and flexible with the two edges running parallel and tapering to a well formed point. There are two double fullers at the top of the blade which is covered in Tuluth inscriptions which were probably talismanic in nature. The blade has been well cared for and there is no rust or damage. The scabbard shows wear from use. There is surface abrasion and some loss to he leather surface and the tip shows wear and some damage from years of use. Probably 19th C. Overall length 42.5", blade 38".|