Object Title

Sword (kaskara)

Sword (kaskara)



Object Number



Transferred from the Royal United Services Institution, 1963. No. 7519.

Physical Description

The blade is probably 17th century. It has been converted from a double to a single edged blade, and has three short fullers and a short ricasso. The hilt has a cross guard with straight, flaring bronze quillons, a cynindrical grip punched and engraved with a diaper pattern, and a horizontal disc pommel covered with silver.
The scabbard is of tooled reddish brown leather with a broad, leaf-shaped end and a silver chape. It has two loops of crocodile skin holding the iron loops for the elaborated but incomplete baldrick.


Dimensions: The length of the blade is 880 mm, the length of the hilt is 115 mm and the width across the quillons is 150 mm. Weight: The weight of the sword is 1.2 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

Etched on the blade 'al-sultan `Ali Dinar ibn al-sultan Zakariya ibn al-sultan Muhammad 1316' (Sultan `Ali Dinar son of sultan Zakariya son of sultan Muhammad al-Fadl 1898/9); ' ? al-saif li `Abd al-Rahman ibn al-sultan `Ali Dinar ibn al-sultan Zakariya 1327' (this sword was transferred to `Abd al-Rahman son of the sultan `Ali Dinar son of sultan Zakariya 1909/10'. Engraved on the quillon terminal 'al-sultan `Ali Dinar ibn al-sultan Zakariya 1326' (sultan `Ali Dinar son of sultan Zakariya 1908/9). Stamped FERRAR between sickle marks.


Places Italy

Bibliographic References

L. Kalus, 'Inscriptions arabes et persanes sur les armes musulmanes de la Tour de Londres', Gladius, XV, 1980, pp. 65-7.


The scabbard is currently XXVIS.262.