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Title Gurkha kukri
Nationality Nepalese
Period c 1880

This high quality kukri is typical of the type carried by the Gurkhas in the second Afghan War of 1879. The carved decorative feature in the centre of the grip is one clue to the age, along with its shortness (only 3.5" including the iron ferrule).

The blade (just under 12.5" or, more accurately, 31 cm long) is of extremely high quality, having two small fullers at the back and two wide ones throughout the length of the blade. There is some minor surface patination and small striations throughout. The hilt is rosewood, and appears to have been made in two pieces, but both would appear to be contemporary. There is a little bit of damage to the central raised band on the hilt. There is no scabbard.

The condition for the age of the piece is good, but it has had a reasonably hard life, viz minor hammer marks about 4" from the point on the back of the blade.

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

[Edged Weapons : Dirks : Nepalese : 19th Century]


Just a quick line to advise that the badges have arrived in good condition and I am very pleased with them.

Thanks again for your prompt and kind attention.

P M, Australia, 03.10.2012

Pickers and chains arrived this morning and are great!

M T, UK, 15.08.2009