A good 19th Century Sudanese Mahdist period sword kaskara.
A good 19th Century Sudanese Mahdist period sword kaskara. The broad double edged blade is cut with 1 long and 2 narrow fullers, and is etched with an Arabic inscription in thuluth script for the full length of the blade on both sides. The brass crosspiece has swollen quillon terminals and down pointing langets. The grip and scabbard are covered with the skin of a Nile crocodile together with skin from a monitor lizard which is confined to the top of the scabbard. The pommel is bound with a cotton tassel and 4 amulets each contained within a stitched leather pouch, presumably sayings from the Koran.
Blade length 35½" (90.4cms) Overall length 40¾" (103.5cms)