Master`s Sirupate Kukri
Mid - late 19th Century
Nepal / India
The term "Sirupate" comes from the Himalayan "Siru" plant, a grass that is long and slender and grows on the hill slopes of the Himalayas and Nepal.
This Kukri is exactly as the plant, long and slender...being a Gurkha knife - very Lethal!
Perhaps the Father of Sirupate might be a more proper term considering the design of this Khukuri (Kukri),
as its very seldom to find such a slender, long and lethal Khukuri knife, even among the Sirupate style this is a exception!
Similar models are found at the National Museum of Nepal that date to ca 1750-1770 AD.
A Rare find indeed and a Sirupate Kukri that certainly lives up to its name and fame!
The Sirupate have been a favourite among the Gurkhas both present and historically speaking for the past 200 years.
Overall the knife measures just over 47 cm and comes with a 36,5 cm long blade.
The dark wooden handle is 11 cm incl. bolster of steel. The bottom of the handle is carved in a zig-zag / checkered pattern.
The scabbard is as traditional Kukri knifes of wood covered in black leather and is in good condition. The bottom metal piece was probably a replacement piece. The stiching on the back of the scabbards suggests a very knowledgable person to have carried out the work and reminds of military issue scabbards, very high quality. Defenetelly not a village make but very professional!
There is reason to believe that it may have belonged to a officer, most likely in the British-Indian Arm, due to the overall design n high quality elements of this Kukri and scabbard!
The pouch pocket is intact and comes with a tinder pouch, all in good condition.
Karda and Chakmak not present but we will be happy to add two pieces if the new caretaker desires.
The rest of the story, the pictures below will speak for themselves.
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Below three images from the National Museum of Nepal, Kathmandu, 2014.
Similar Kukri and Malla Knifes from the 1750-1770 period.
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