Victorian British General's Mameluke, Thurkle,
frosted etching (sold)
A very good Victorian British army general's mameluke sabre with
frosted etching made by Thurkle.
A rare frosted etch Victorian general officer's mameluke made by
top maker Thurkle, blade in exceptionally good condition except
for some rust pitting near the forte / ricasso. In fact, if you
ignore the rust sections near the hilt, the blade is virtually in
new condition. The maker mark indicating manufacture was 1876 to
1899. A well above average example.
Highly impressive 33 inch blade is firm in the hilt. The hilt with
some copper oxide (bluing) to the gilt fittings but nicely aged
look commensurate with the rest of the sword. The ivory grip sections
both present and correct, with some cracking as you would expect
from genuine ivory; one crack section glued. The little grip rosettes
are all present and correct. The brass scabbard in good order except
for one ding one side. The sword draws and sheathes well. The original
sword knot very aged but a very welcome bonus. I feel this sword
could be restored to near new condition, or just left as it is,
which is very good anyway.
My reference number is 905 (382). Full sized / further images
available upon request.