Gurkha Major Damascus "Wootz" blade Kukri (Khukuri)
Late 19th – early 20th century
Provenance; Major H. Mullaly, 9th Gurkha Rifles
Overall 42 cm long, Blade 32,5 cm, Handle 10,5 cm.
- A beautiful all steel Gurkha Kukri knife with Damascus blade,
- “Armoury” marks in the form of a Crescent moon by the elaborate Kaudi/Cho,
- Decorated metal handle
- Original scabbard in leather with belt frog.
The former Kukri knife of Major Mullaly of the 1st and later 2nd Battalion of the 9th Gurkha Rifles is a masterpiece that we are very happy about.
It is a link to the times of the high era of the British-Indian Raj`s fashionistas dictating the order of the day!
Imagine turning up for high tea with this on your side! That’s Style n we got that right here! Or for that matter it must also have been carried in the battlefront as the former Officer (Major) who owned it saw active duty in India, the North West Frontier and the Middle East during World War 1 (info from the late Major`s relatives).
After careful restoration the blade has come out to its former glory and shines of quality. It was a surprise for us to find a Damascus blade on this piece and shows that this blade was made for a connoisseur which had a high taste in quality. He wanted a user-friendly kukri that shows class and will not fail in field or in the Officers Mess or on Parade. Upon further research it shows links to the British-Indian Army some 100 years ago.
Damascus blades are rarely seen on Kukri blades but do occur, the “watered” (wootz) crucible steel is exceptional and often used among the best and most expensive weapons of South and Central Asia.
This Kukri knife draws its creation from a highly skilled Black smith (kami) with excellent knowledge of a proper Kukri knife and the arms of the Indo-Persian school.
The Crescent moon has been attributed to both the Nepali and British-Indian military establishment, most often found among the Officers and higher ranks knifes and swords. Similar marks are found on among others the Kukri of Major General Fisher (1857) of the Gurkha Museum and the Kora Sword of Maharajah General Ranodip Singh Kunwor Rana (brother of Jung Bahadur Rana at the National Museum of Nepal).
The metal handle is of a prefect grip and sits well in hand and is decorated with North Indian floral pattern that draws its origin in the surrounding nature. It would be very likely that it was silver painted in its best days, occasionally gold has been seen too.
A bolt securing the very end of the knife secures the rat-tail fitting.
It is safe to say that this Kukri was formerly belonging to a British Gurkha Officer that served in the hills of North Western India, among the hill stations of the Himalayas and died fighting in Waziristan in 1920.
Similar kukri knifes are known from ca 1857-1920`s, most dating to the late 1800`s and early 1900`s, some made by the best knife and small arms producers of Colonial India.
The Scabbard in black leather comes with an original belt frog and a big metal tip.
We, Gurkha Antiques, avoids making “Ghost citations” and thus if need be can back up any of the above statements with proof that has made us conclude as we have. We are dedicated to genuine research and less myth making.
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