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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 (

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 (

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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