A sabre presented by Queen Victoria to John IV, Emperor of Ethiopia, dated 1885
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DescriptionSlightly curved blade of lenticular section with double-edged point. Both sides etched with lavish decoration and inscription "Presented to Yohannis Negusa Negast by Victoria Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India - Relief of Gallabad 1885". Between the tendril ornaments minor remnants of gilding. Ricasso struck with mark on one side, brass inlay missing, on the back of the blade number "26840". Iron knuckle-bow hilt with repair. Blackened grip, leather cover missing. The back of the grip made of brass in relief with lion’s head pommel. Ethiopian scabbard of tooled, red leather with delicately engraved openwork brass furniture. Length 107 cm. The Egyptian garrison Gallabad was evacuated in 1885 with the help of the Ethiopian General Ras Alula after having been isolated by enemy troops during the Mahdi Uprising.
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