Circa 19C Ethiopian-Abyssinian Sword (sold)
An unusual, probably Abyssinian, possibly Ethiopian Sword believed
The hilt is Abyssinian but the blade is not for sure; Abyssinian
blades were wildly curved / exagerated. This straight blade possibly
came from the west coast of Africa; many things were traded and
eventually found themselves the other side of the continent. An
abyssinian may well have wanted a straight blade if he were actively
engaged in sword battles, as the traditional style looked awesome
but was not very practical when fighting; this sword by comparison
would be. The ferrule which is on the blade side of the front of
hilt is really just a cover and is a little loose, otherwise the
sword with its 83 cm plain blade (which is firm in the hilt) is
in good order. I would be prepared to accept £230 for it.
Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Item reference
number 82 (128).