A takouba with an Italian schiavona blade.
An outstanding African broadsword, this takouba features a 16th century Italian blade. Of the type typically seen on schiavona.…
The blade is marked and unusually for a takouba the tip is still triangular and sharp.
The single fuller blade is quite workmanlike with a somewhat rough finish.
This reflects the munitions grade manufacturing of these blades in states like the Venetian Republic.
The hilt is heavy steel, with a all components made of thick plate.
Another look at the pommel, incised line decoration is seen on the edges of the medial ridge.
A cross is deeply engraved into the grip, which would have likely been covered with leather. The meaning of the mark in this cont…
A view of the heavy duty construction of the guard. In sharp contrast to the flimsy sheet metal guards of 20th century swords.
While the remains of a latten inlaid running wolf are still present near the terminus of the fuller.
A deeply stamped Italian "fly" mark can be seen at the base of the fuller.
The previously mentioned sharp tip, this sword was not subjected to the extreme sharpening methods often seen on takouba. The blad…
The blade has some areas with unusual texture, deeply worn.