Tulwar Hilted Kukri

Here is a question for The Experts!

This kukri is unusual in that it does not follow the exact pattern of the traditional Nepalese Kukri, and has the hilt of the style also used on the Indian sword, Talwar. It is a very well made piece, though apparently not for war use. The blade rings when twanged with the middle finger, indicating good steel.

The puzzler is the ribbon: It may well be a Regimental ribbon or, possibly, a ribbon from some British decoration given either to a native regiment or to an individual. I have not been able to identify this ribbon from the meager references at hand. Any ideas?

George




Hi George,
This is a more or less typical example of a "native" weapon decorated for consumption by British soldiers returning home after service in the Raj. It dates c. 1880-1910, the braid is called gimp and is found in a variety of widths and colors, to my knowledge it has no military significance but was and is still used to embellish all manner of weapon sheathes in N. India. The silverwork is typical of Lahore in what is now Pakistan. Hope this clarifies, though it hardly glorifies, an interesting item.

Best

Oliver

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