Sudanese Late-19th Century Kaskara Sword

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A very good ex-museum example of a Sudanese Late-19th Century Kaskara Sword.  This is a fine quality Kaskara and dates from the time of British General Gordon of Khartoum (1885).  Many of these Kaskaras are of more recent manufacture and many were made for the tourist industry - this is not one of those swords.  It has a massive, double-edged broadsword blade that is engraved with numerous motifs, including a sun, moon, stars, foliage and lion.  These motifs were an intended copy of much earlier European sword blades that had been brought into Africa by earlier European traders in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Museum number on scabbard

The sword also comprises a wooden hilt, wrapped in leather bindings and an iron cruciform crossguard.  The leather scabbard is very impressive and has well executed patterning.  On one of the scabbard flaps there is a museum number written in ink and a later owner's name of Mrs Fitzgerald of Nairobi (Kenya).  Blade length is 36 inches (41.5 inches overall).

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