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From the collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel a Mughal tegha sword with a Damascus blade

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From the renowned collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel. This example was purchased from a sale of the individual who purchased this and several other items now available on our site, directly from Dr. Figiel.  Dr. Figiel, the well known author of “On Damascus Steel”, the classic 1992 reference work featuring stunning examples of watered steel, and much of which came up for sale in 1998.  The pieces we feature were purchased and sold before the reference work was published and therefore do not feature in the 1998 Butterfields sale, however each is indicative of the care that Dr. Figiel placed in curating his pieces.

A fantastic condition and original Mughal era tegha. This example is mounted with the classic tegha blade and with a finely chiseled and gold overlaid Damascus blade, with a finely chiseled cartouche.  The Damascus pattern is clearly visible throughout.  It comes with a fine velvet mounted scabbard.

The cartouche appears to read:

Abbas, Servant of the Ruler of the Realm (in the top cartouche)

Work of Assad Allah (in the bottom cartouche)

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