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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 brief note to confirm that the sabre has been delivered today. All is as it should be. I have to say I’m impressed with the ‘custom’ packaging, obviously essential in your line of business. I have made a very quick inspection of the sword & it fully lives up to your accurate description, very pleased with the purchase.

M B, UK, 18.06.2015

Yes, arrived safe and sound, very nice, and very interesting. Have a couple of friends in the States slavering over the pictures, one of them loves searching old lists, etc. If I can tie it down more definitely will let you know.

N R, UK, 19.10.2005