Exceptional quality and probably for the Whirling Dervish, the inner circle of The Mahdi’s supporters. Fine copper 6 1/8” thrusting blade, leaf shared with rectangular ricasso, decorated lines of crescents. Fine leather covered grip of intricate form with medial basket weave band. Red leather scabbard of matching quality with fringe tip, banded and basket weave throat, and tooled and multicolored decoration. Exceptional preservation for the period. Likely brought back by a British soldier and stored by his descendants.