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Fine Ethiopian Abyssinian Shotel Sword, circa 1880

Fine Ethiopian Abyssinian Shotel Sword, circa 1880

( ID: ms1234 )

A fine example of an Ethiopian shotel sword. This example has a three piece grip of very fine construction and  gorgeous multi fullered blade of sickle shaped form. Evidence for the shotel dates from the earliest Damotians (Damites) and Axumites, used by both mounted and dismounted warriors. After the Solomonic restoration of Atse Yikuno Amlak I, the resurgent Emperors began to re-establish the Axumite armies. This culminated in the reign of Amda Seyon I. Ethiopian forces were armed with short and long swords such as the Seif and Gorade. The Shotel swordsmen known as Shotelai and or...

Price: $1,200
19th C. Gold Mounted Saudi Arabian, UAE or Bahrain Middle Eastern Shamshir Saif Sword

19th C. Gold Mounted Saudi Arabian, UAE or Bahrain Middle Eastern Shamshir Saif Sword

( ID: i108 )

 A beautiful 19th to early 20th C. Saudi or Arabian Peninsula saif sword. This is a classic style Saudi sword likely presented to someone of high rank.  Mounts are sheet gold embossed of fine quality with Persian and Arabian motifs.  The blade is a European trade blade of fine quality, marked C. Putsch, and can be dated to the period 1830-1850.  C. Putsch is listed as German retailer in Solingen operating in the period 1830-1850 in German Swords and Sword Makers by Richard Bezdek. Grip scales are made of bone or antler. The sword is in overall 95% condition,...

Price: $13,999
Important and Rare 19th C. Persian Carved Dagger Qama Sword by listed artist Mohammad Ali

Important and Rare 19th C. Persian Carved Dagger Qama Sword by listed artist Mohammad Ali

( ID: ia812 )

A very important 19th C. Persian sword. The hilt of this sword is signed by a renowned Persian sculptor who is listed in Mayer "Islamic Armourers and Their Works" and who has two daggers currently in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.  The hilt is signed "The Worthless Muhammad Ali" and dated to 1838. The method of signing in this manner was to prostrate oneself before G-d, similar to the way the most skilled rug weavers would purposefully introduce a flaw into the weaving. The daggers in the Victoria and Albert both display carvings of figures, and one...

Price: $22,000
Fantastic 17th C. Moroccan Nimcha Sword

Fantastic 17th C. Moroccan Nimcha Sword

( ID: is750 )

A really great and rare example of a very early Moroccan nimcha. This type with the characteristic carved handle is usually made of tortoiseshell and mother of pearl but all of the extant known pieces are mounted with this type of blade, a Genoan import blade of sturdy fighting proportions for the Algerian and North African corsairs that would have carried this sword in the late 17th-early 18th C.  This example is very unusual in that it is mounted with a carved ivroy grip displaying rich age and the exact correct type of brass crossguard with the thinner quillons that in addition to the ...

Price: $3,499