19th / 20th Century Sudanese Kaskara with
older European blade for sale
Late 19th, possibly 20th Century very unique Sudanese kaskara
with older crusader style European blade.
This is a very unique kaskara and I suspect one held by a very
important / well connected Sudanese. The hilt appears to be 100%
period with an Abyssinian / passant lion to the pommel to match
the lion engraved onto the blade. Unlike most kaskaras however,
the grip is wooden, not bound, and the "binding langet"
which is normally hidden by grip cloth bindings is formed in to
the wooden grip, plus there is a clamped bolt securing the blade
firmly to the hilt. I am pretty sure this is all period and the
sword is consequently as solid as a rock, nothing like most kaskaras
that is for sure. The 34 1/2 inch blade? Well, it looks very old,
hand forged and as if it has been through a few battles to say the
least. Marked with mayflies, lion passant and European orb, the
blade is clearly European.
As stated, the blade is very old and battered in appearance, yet
firm in the later Sudanese hilt. An interesting and rare sword for
anyone's collection and available for only £1000. Further
/ full sized images available upon request. My item reference number
is 778 - Box 313-1.18m.