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Old 20th May 2024, 03:09 PM   #1
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Default An interesting african knife with inscription

Hi all !


Found and cleaned yesterday, this little knife has some interesting history attached to it !


Obviously West African, looking at the Quai Branly collection, I'm tempted to narrow it down to Guinea (https://www.quaibranly.fr/fr/explorer-les-collections/base/Work/action/show/notice/234985-couteau-et-gaine


https://www.quaibranly.fr/fr/explore...rd-et-fourreau



https://www.quaibranly.fr/fr/explore...223316-couteau



https://www.quaibranly.fr/fr/explore...au-et-fourreau)


Surprisingly, the pommel cap is made from a cartridge. Thanks to the markings on the rim, I was able to identify it, and it is a "balle D" 8mm mle 1896 for the French Lebel rifle (http://www.armeetpassion.com/8%20lebel-1.html).


The other unexpected element is the inscription on the blade "Souvenir de Massa Kohibogui" (Keepsake of Massa Kohibogui). The script is typical of the early 20th century. I had a hard time finding anything about this inscription, but finally I did found Massa Koibogui, a corporal from the Tirailleurs Sénégalais in Guinea, mentioned in the "Journal Officiel de la Guinée Française" in 1925 !


I'm almost certain that they are the same person : time frame, location, and the use of a french cartridge all points towards it. (And I did not find any homonym)



I honestly find it pretty amazing that an object like this could be linked to one identifiable person almost 100 years later !
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Old 20th May 2024, 03:39 PM   #2
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Impressive investigative work, Yvain. Good job!
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Old 20th May 2024, 08:49 PM   #3
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It is indeed rare to find an item that can be attributed to a particular person with any degree of certainty. I am even more impressed about your ability to research the items in your collection, and your overall contributions to enhancing our knowledge of West African knives and daggers.
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Old 21st May 2024, 05:34 PM   #4
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Thanks to both of you!
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Old 22nd May 2024, 01:53 PM   #5
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Hi Yvain


Always cool to link an object to a person, well done.


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Old 22nd May 2024, 03:43 PM   #6
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Very good research work!
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Old 24th May 2024, 07:44 AM   #7
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Nice research work! It is an interesting discovery
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