18 C. Heavy Tibetan Long Sword Ke-Tri - 8943
This early and rare Tibetan long sword (Ke-Tri) is believed to be from the late 18 C. or a bit later. The heavy blade is of impressive dimensions: 31 inches long, 1 3/4 inches wide and 8 mm thick. It is forged from laminated steel folded at the tip of the blade (Hair pin folding) and marked just below the handle. Wood grip with finely pierced steel pommel and cross guard. Simple wood scabbard with bronze (??) tip and upper leather band (later). Total length 39 1/2 inches. Very good condition to age. Blade in fine condition. Wood handle with light age cracks and very lightly loose. Excellent age patina on the wood grip and the steel fittings. Scabbard damaged with seams cracked and partially opened. The heavy patina on the grip suggest that it is original and never covered with leather or other material. The soft wood scabbard may suggest it is later to the blade, but still very early. Early Tibetan swords like this one are very scarce.