Scarce Late 19thC Afghan Kukri
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About this item
A very scarce late 19th century military kukri, produced in Kabul, Afghanistan.
This marking was originally thought to be that of the Mazar-e-Sharif Arsenal, but further research would seem to indicate production was at the Kabul Armoury, the Kārkhānah-i Bukhārī (steam workshop) which was set up with the assistance, and under the supervision of the British government, utilising modern European machinery and production methods.
This example carries the date for 1895 in the Western calendar.
Huge blade measuring 16 inches in length, with twin spine fullers and armoury stamp. Lots of original bright finish, with areas of staining, and some patches of light pitting towards the point on one side. Retaining an extremely sharp cutting edge. Brass bolster with walnut grip with lined decoration. The uncapped pommel secured with a square nut.
Slight movement between the blade and hilt, easily fixed by the careful tightening of the aforementioned nut.
Housed in its original leather covered wooden scabbard. This retaining brass band with frog stud. Some areas of loss and split along the cutting edge, worthy of conservation/restoration.
A scarce and desirable kukri, one of around 18 pieces of this type known worldwide.
Strictly over 18's only. Photo ID will be required before this item can be dispatched.