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Title Gurkha kukri, Royal Nepalese Army
Nationality Nepalese
Period c 1914

This is a Nepalese army issue kukri with the brass crescent moon inlaid into the blade. A letter from the Gurkha Museum in Winchester accompanies this item, describing it as a Royal Nepalese Army piece used in WW1. The Nepalese contingent was used on the NW Frontier, releasing imperial troops for service in France and elsewhere.

It is a classically made local piece with a pronounced wide fuller extending three-quarters of the blade length. The blade is 12.75" long measured directly from the point to the base of the back of the blade. There is a serial number (4034) stamped on one side of the forte.

The frog is a modern replacement in brown calf leather. The scabbard leather is clearly original, of a somewhat mottled black-brown finish. There is some evidence of old worm damage at the top of the scabbard. Also, the resin filler in the hilt has worked a little loose, so the blade rattles slightly in the hilt.

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

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


Hi Chris, just to let you know it arrived safely and I am very happy with it, also the condition. I have been looking for a while for that particular style and maker.. Thanks again for everything and I shall now be keeping an eye on your web page.

C A, UK, 28.09.2010

The cavalry sword arrived safely this morning, very pleased with it. Many thanks.

S G, UK, 20.01.2009