Exceptional 18th C. Persian Safavid/Qajar Broadsword Shamshir, watered steel wootz, chiseled fittings (ID: is1124)
Exceptional 18th C. Persian Safavid/Qajar Broadsword Shamshir, watered steel wootz, chiseled fittings
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A truly exceptional sword and one of the finest Persian swords we've handled. The form of the blade of this example is a very rare type in a non-traditional broadsword form, much wider than a shamshir and made of uniformly exceptional quality kirk narduban Persian wootz with a wide visible hardened edge. The forte of the blade is chiseled in early Timurid form, the forte chiseling which inspired the east Asian tunkou on Chinese swords and the habaki on Japanese swords, and which can be dated to 9-11th C. Central Asian swords, during the Khazar period. The spine of the blade is very finely chiseled with arabesque designs at the forte and and then at the yelman with a contoured fuller throughout.
The blade of this example is inlaid with the following inscription:
"Slave to the king. (1)127 (dated to 1715 in Gregorian calendar)
Work of Moghim"
This heirloom blade was then mountedin the early 19th C. with a gold koftgari inscription was added to identifying it to "King Nader Shah" who ruled in the mid 19th C. in Persia. As befits this quality of a blade, the scabbard is mounted with chiseled wootz fittings with Quranic inscriptions.
The handle is a typical Qajar period handle mounted with a beautiful Timurid influenced wootz crossguard, with dragon head quillons and gold decoration remaining in exceptional condition. The pommel of the grip is inlaid with two small opals on either side.
Overall length is 39", blade is 32" in length and 1 1/2" wide at the ricasso and 1/4" thick.