Original North African Mardi Era Kaskara Broadsword with Scabbard- Circa 1880
Original Item: Only One Item Available. This is a traditional Sudanese "KASKARA" broadsword constructed around 1880 in the style of the 13th Century European crusader's swords used in Jerusalem by the Christian knights fighting Saladin. Upon expulsion these captured European edged weapons were spread all over the Middle East and it was in the very North East part of Africa, the Sudan region, that this form of broadsword was seriously adopted.
The Mardi was the religious leader whose forces finally trapped the British General Gordon in Khartoum, the capital of the Sudan, in 1884, the subject of the well known film "KHARTOUM" starring Charlton Heston. After the massacre that followed it took the British 14 years to eventually send a revenging Army under General Kitchener to rout the "Calipha", the heir to the Mardi, at the Battle of OMDURMANN in 1898.
This sword was brought back to England as a regimental "War Trophy" and is part of a collection just acquired by IMA. It has a 35-inch double-sided blade extensively engraved on both sides, a straight iron cross guard and the grip with pommel are completely bound in leather. The sword comes in the original leather scabbard the length of which has been worked in decorative designs. It also still has the original suspension straps and leather thongs still in place. Offered in fine collectable condition, memorializing another British defeat, and ready to display!
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