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Lew 12th January 2009 01:18 AM

Very Interesting African Sword
 
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I picked this up today is it Yaka tribe?

colin henshaw 12th January 2009 06:06 AM

A fine sword - I would guess with the curved blade and that type of pommel, its Baule (Ivory Coast).

Regards

Tim Simmons 12th January 2009 06:27 AM

Nice!

Lew 12th January 2009 10:20 AM

Thanks for the ID! Would you consider this a rarer than usual piece have not seen many Baule swords or daggers around?

Lew

Tim Simmons 12th January 2009 10:25 AM

Well you do not see these as often as other African blades.

katana 12th January 2009 01:19 PM

Very nice Lew, congrats :)

Regards David

Flavio 12th January 2009 02:42 PM

YES! this is a very beauty! it needs only a good cleaning! congratulations dear friend ;)

Lew 12th January 2009 03:29 PM

Flavio

There are a few tacks missing which I can replace the question is should I restore it or just leave it be?


Lew

Flavio 13th January 2009 09:37 AM

Lew,

I think it's better you leave as it is, it's a very nice sword and quite rare and some tacks missing aren't a big problem for the general beauty of this piece. Instead I was thinking about the blade, from pics seems a little rusty, just a little :)

Martin Lubojacky 15th January 2009 09:37 PM

Congratulation, this is very nice sword (Baule). The sheath is, unfortunately, later addition but never mind, this soword is rare.

Regards,

Martin

Atlantia 15th January 2009 09:42 PM

Its an absolute beauty Lew.
Are the studs reused 19thC brass dome headed upholstry nails? If so then you could replace the missing ones with genuine contempory ones fairly easily I'd have thought?

Its a fantastic weapon, congrats.
Gene

Lew 16th January 2009 03:40 AM

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Its an absolute beauty Lew.
Are the studs reused 19thC brass dome headed upholstry nails? If so then you could replace the missing ones with genuine contempory ones fairly easily I'd have thought?

Its a fantastic weapon, congrats.
Gene


Hi Gene

The sword arrived today and it is real nice. Yes the tacks are 19th century 3/8"upholstry tacks I have already found a supplier that sells French finish brass tacks. See below. Btw the scabbard seems to be quite old the blade looks like a slightly reworked European machete? So it could be the original scabbard?

Lew

tom hyle 23rd January 2009 09:00 PM

Appears to be a forged, centrally-ridged blade to me. Nice :)


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