With iron, silver overlaid hilt. Its associated scabbard features fine quillwork.
Base 10 mm
At bend 9.5 mm
5 cm from tip 5 mm
Narrowest at base 34 mm
Widest at tip 62 mm
12 cm from hilt
Iron, steel, wood, leather, plant fiber thread
Late 19th century
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A rarer variety of khukurī knife with an iron sword hilt with a grip between two round plates. The style is reminiscent of the hilts on Nepalese kora swords, while the grip section itself reminds a little of that found on some talwar hilts.
Such sword-hilted khukurī are often quite early, their use going back to the early 1800s and perhaps even earlier than that. This particular piece has a blade shape with a deep notch that appears to indicate a later 19th-century date, showing the concept remained in use for some time.
A very large piece with a good, heavy blade. The scabbard missing some parts.
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Thought to have been presented by the Royal House of Nepal.
The scabbard carved as to closely mimic a tooled leather scabbard.
Its scabbard with 12 pockets, with 10 of the items remaining.
Signed: Ricky Milnes, India 44, Burma 44, Ramree 45.
An exceptionally large example with a desirable three fullered blade.