Good sound early example of these which are usually encountered in poor condition. 31 3/8” triple fullered blade struck with man-in-the-moon marks each side. Morocco leather covered grip and guard, with banded edges and decorative markings. Pyramidal pommel built up of copper and brass segments Matching scabbard finely tooled both sides, lacks the suspensions only. The French sought to colonize the Tuareg and invaded in 1881. Continual resistance and mixed success prolonged subjugation until 1905. The conquest interval remains one of the most romantic of North African history and is likely the source for this sword. Impressive display and historic.