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Title Combat kukri
Nationality Indian
Period c 1925
Sold

It is just possible that this is an unmarked Indian arsenal piece, but, on account of the slightly irregular shape of the hilt washers and the lack of any markings, I am presuming that it is a contemporary village made copy.

This may date from the latter end of WW1, but the style of the grip (in particular, the absence of a central ridge typically found on the WW1 product) would suggest a date of about 1925.

It has a black leather scabbard, which has lost much of the nap from age and wear. The chape is missing at the bottom and the scabbard frog (also of black leather) is missing its straps. However, the balance of the piece is superb and was clearly intended for use as a heavy duty combat item. The blade (34cm) is in good shape, with the edge still reasonably sharp, but there is some scarring and old pitting on both sides. The wood grips have a little damage to both sides at the pommel.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


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