Object Title

Sword (nimcha)

Sword (nimcha)



Object Number



Acquired with the Renkin collection from Leeds Corporation, 1967.

Physical Description

The blade is slightly curved and double edged for the last 20 cm. It has a flat back, bordered by one very narrow fuller and one very wide, shallow medial fuller. The blade is engraved at either side of the forte with a foliate scroll, at the right with a face in a crescent moon and at the left with a sun in splendour, each surrounded by stars. The hilt comprises a grip of green rhino horn, expanding at the pommel and with a nock for the little finger. This is connected by an iron ferrule to a brass guard, which has an angular knuckle bow, one frward and two rear quillons, each forward curved, and all terminating in tear-shaped knops.


Dimensions: overall length: 104.7 cm (41.2 in), blade length: 89.3 cm (35.2 in) Weight: 0.97 kg (2 lb 2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

The blade is stamped at the ricasso 'A & FCS .[SO]LINGE[N] at either side.



The initials A & FCS refer to the company Abraham, Franz and Carl Schimmelbusch of Solingen 1839 to 1857. In Bezdek RH, German swords and sword makers, p.80.