18/19C Barbary Corsair Pirate's Nimcha Sword,
An exceptionally rare Barbary Corsair pirate's sword / nimcha,
with Passau wolf markings to blade.
This nimcha once belonged to one of the feared, legendary Barbary
Corsairs (AKA Ottoman Corsairs or Berber Pirates). These pirates
terrorized the Mediterranean and beyond, capturing some 1 million
Europeans for the African and Middle Eastern market.
This example has a 17C style Passau wolf to the blade; whether
this is a genuine Solingen blade or simply marked that way, I could
not say. The blade also has some more basic regional talismanic
The 33 3/4 inch blade is certainly one of the longer naval swords
you will come across. It is fairly firm in the hilt, the hilt is
loose and has lost some metal one side, but over is sound. The shell
guard and single down turned quillon showing this to be a naval
sword held by someone from Algeria most likely. Try finding another
and then you will realize that the sales price is a great investment
indeed. My item reference number is 972 (460).