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Title Gurkha service kukri, mark I
Nationality Indian
Period 1915
Sold

This is the classic WW1 first pattern (with a ridge on the grip) kukri, with issue stamps on the wood grip for January 1915 (1.15) and various other letters (A.S // F.W). This is a splendid example, with a hollow ground blade, and separately fitted iron chape to the forte of the blade, indicating earlier local manufacture rather than Birmingham.

The blade is 14" long measured directly from the point to the base of the back of the blade, which makes the weapon slightly unusual (insomuch as this is a full inch longer than the normal service type) and yet it is fitted with a service grip with countersunk tang button, typical of Birmingham practice.

The brown leather scabbard would appear to be a service one and is dated 1915 on the reverse, along with the ordnance department mark and 'IOM'. It has a brass chape. The leather is in excellent condition, though a little scuffed here and there.

The grip appears to be rosewood, with a few small chips on the obverse and some minor oil staining. The scabbard has a little scuffing on the edges, but is generally in excellent shape for its age.

The blade has got old marks, possibly from a grindstone, but these may relate to the manufacture of the piece and its being of hollow ground construction.


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


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

testimonials

Second buckle arrived. Very pleased with it. Thanks. I'll be keeping an eye on your website for more buckles.

D R, UK, 12.01.2011

Arrived safely. Excellent item. Really good condition. A good addition to the collection. Many thanks for a stress free transaction.

R B, UK, 17.10.2005

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