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Title Gurkha kukri, Maharajah of Jodhpur's gift
Nationality Indian
Period c 1914

This aluminium-hilted kukri was allegedly given by the Maharajah of Jodhpur to his male staff to encourage them to join the British Army in WW1. It has a numbered blade with matching sharpening steel and by-knife, all with brass pommel caps and a brass chape to the scabbard. Apparently these kukris were used at Galipoli.

The blade is a little shorter than the standard service blade, measuring just 12.5" measured directly from the point to the base of the back of the blade. The leather straps are a little fragile. The leather is crazed and cracked throughout. The scabbard has some damage, approximately 3" long on the leading edge under the frog. There is also a quantity of leather missing at the top of the scabbard by the throat.

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

[Edged Weapons : Dirks : Indian : 20th Century]


...the sword arrived safely today... My son, who shares my interest in antique edged weapons and for whom I bought the sword, is delighted.

G A, France, 24.01.2007

Thank you, Chris. All arrived safely. Very quickly too, much quicker than from the US! Very satisfied. It is a nice sword.

Anyway, thanks again and I have marked your site for future interest.

T P, New Zealand, 04.04.2005