A Gurkha soldier holding a Kora sword in his right hand and a Kukri in his left hand. Kora`s were used for rituals in the British Indian Army and probably never was a standard item. records show that Koras were also given as gifts in the Gurkha regiments. In the Royal Nepal Army though the Kora was used until atleast the 1880`s but similarly was not the main weapon nor issued as far as we know. Commander in Chief Dhir Shamsher Rana had a special fondness for Kora`s and keept one close to him. Judging from drawings n paintings from the Anglo-Nepal war 1814-16 the Kora seems to have been a common weapon among the troops.
Kora Sword w/ Scabbard -
Traditional forward curved blade. Full metal, traditional round simple "pagoda" tip, cylindircal cross guard and pommel with round riveted handle. Marked with round circle on top. With original scabbard of traditional "slip" in design. 18th century. Nepal / North India. Overall 67 cm long, 53 cm blade and 9 cm wide tip.