A takouba with an 18th century German made blade.
Presentation face of the sword, with the brass guard plate showing. The blade is long and wide and the overall composition of the…
The reverse side shows some of the damage unfortunately visible on the piece.
The brass wire of the grip recalls some Tuareg 'telek' arm daggers.
The underlying metal structure of the guard seems to be cast.
The deeply stamped crescent "man in the moon" stamps are particularly well formed and of European origin.
The pommel is capped with brass.
The fullers are deep and true, another hallmark of an older European blade.