Ceylonese kastane

length: 21"
blade: 15 1/2"
blade width: 1 5/8"
grip: 4 1/2"
guard: 3 1/4"

National weapon of Ceylon, or as it's known today, Sri Lanka. Just think, if this sword wasn't in my collection some Tamil Tiger Rebel could be threatening Arthur C. Clarke with it at this very moment. Crude blade, but in overall style of grip and guard this one's a dead ringer for another one I have that's dated 1768 (I wish folks would always stap date of manufacture on the blades as the Dutch East India Company did with their trade blades - that would make the life of an antiques collector so much easier!)
Hand hammered blade with nice solid black brown patina, minor pitting. The poor hilt demon lost it's lower jaw at some point, may not have been fed for over 200 years.