|( ID: is1202 )|
A rare 18th C. Rajput sword with a superb khanda hilt and a massive blade of khyber form but displaying oversized proportions. This example features a khanda hilt that retains the majority of the fine gold koftgari work associated with 18th C. Rajput floral forms, in a thick gold matte type decoration. The blade is a large, single edged and with a t-form spine, of the type associated with Khyber knives. The blade has a single maker mark at the ricasso of a small teardrop form. The blade is forged from a wide lamellar damascus which can be seen throughout on the large flat surfaces. ..
|( ID: ia1201 )|
An interesting late 18th C. Indian iron khulah khud helmet of solid iron, this example has a simple but pleasing form of a transitional early type between the Persianate forms of the 16th-17th C. and the late Persian style more commonly found on Zand and Qajar era piece. However, the plain iron form, which has the remains of some gold koftgari around the edge of the bowl and the simple rounded plume holders and nose guard point towards a North Indian origin, where more idiosyncratic forms were common than in Persia. Of good heavy weight this would have been a battle helmet. ..
|( ID: cs1199 )|
A fine example of a Bhutan short sword mounted entirely in heavy chased and repoussed silver. The design is commensurate with quality workmanship of the 19th C. and features the eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism known as the Ashtamangala. These are the eight symbols of good fortune, emblems of Buddhism and the path to enlightenment which often appear in Buddhist art, individually or as a single intertwined form. Here they are found in order from the handle to the pommel and include: 1 - Wheel or Chakra. Symbol of the Buddha and absolute completeness. Known in Tibetan as ..
|( ID: md1198 )|
This is an interesting example of what is likely a Balkan origin Ottoman kindjal. The overall form of the dagger, or short sword, is of a kindjal, while the brass crossguard indicates that it's origin is likely from the southern Balkan, possibly even Bulgarian region which had idiosyncratic forms of kindjals and qama short sword and daggers. The tubular form bone grip is of fine design, finer than is normal found on daggers of this origin, and inlaid with brass nails which form interesting designs including a heart with an arrow through it and a bird. The blade is of powerful..
|( ID: cs1197 )|
This is a fine example of a Chinese straight sword or jian of exceptionally large proportions. It is the longest real antique Chinese jian we've encountered, not counting the bone handled 19th C. examples not made for use. The blade is finely made and displays elegant proportions with a fine taper towards the point. The condition overall is completely original and untouched. The blade displays original sharpening for the lower two thirds of its length and displays a fine springiness but keeps true and has a good heft for a blade of this size but is otherwise well balanced:..