Royal Kothimora Nepal Army Khukuri (Kukri)
with Lion and Sun mark on blade.
Late 19th - Early 20th Century.
Nepal, the home of the Khukuri (Kukri) knife has since at least the mid 16th century been making these great knifes.
Here a Original Royal Nepal Army Khukuri knife of a higher officer or Royalty.
The Sun and Moon mark is found on high quality Khukuri knifes from around the turn of the 19th-20th Century and may be either the marks of a battalion or the officer who carried it.
The Maharajah´s of Nepal, the Rana family, often used the Sun and Lion as their symbols, as seen below.
The royal family, the Shah, use of the Lion and Sun is seen above, from the Royal Flag of his majesty the King of Nepal.
The blade is engraved with floral pattern along the upper ridge which is a feature usually found in the 19th century, the Sun and Lion symbol as marked on the blade appears from the late 19th Century until World War 1.
Maharajah Jung Bahadur Rana presented a smilier Kukri to the British Royal family when he was visiting England in the 1850´s, which is shown among others in Lord Eggertons work.
The Kaudi is of fine design and carries a rare pattern not often seen, which also holds true for this Khukuri overall.
Circa 20 of these Khukuri knifes with Lion and Sun are known to exist.
Bolster of brass, considered a clean metal in the native tradition. followed by a fine handle of dark horn with some creamish elements which is usually found in Kothimora.
The buttplate is of brass and decorated with engravings along with a knob.
Weight: ca 420 g,
Overall 40 cm long, Blade 31 cm, Handle (incl bolster) 11 cm , Belly 5,2 cm, Spine 0,7 cm, Drop 8,6 cm.
The Scabbard is made as per tradition in wood and covered in black leather and with Silver mounts to the top and bottom.
Both top and bottom mounts (chapes) have floral design and show a high degree of excellent workmanship.
Two small knifes, Karda and Chakmak are present along with the back pocket and tinder pouch.
A historical Khukuri knife from Nepal around the time of WW1 or earlier.
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Jai Nepal & Jai Khukuri!
Kothimora Khukuri knifes are traditionally carried by very important people, from Kings (left) to Maharajahs, Military commanders and higher officers and also civilians of VIP status.
Maharajah, Prime Minister and C-in-C Chandra Shumshers (ruled 1901-1929 AD) Insignia below to the right.
As seen the Lion and Sun are found there too.
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