|( ID: is1282 )|
A fine example of an Indian shamshir displaying all of the elements of a high-quality sword. The sword likely of Mughal origin, or North Indian, is mounted with bone grips and with iron mounts damascened in gold, retaining the original chape with much of the gold koftgari. The scabbard is then entirely mounted in repoussed silver with elements of Bhuj or Sindi workmanship, indicating possibly a Northwest Indian origin. The blade of very fine quality entirely of a vivid wootz or watered steel pattern with a chiseled forte overlaid in gold, with elements of neo-Maml..
|( ID: es1280 )|
This is a fine example of an early 18th C. European smallsword, likely dating to the period of 1700-1740 judging by the early form and the use of a 17th C. Spanish rapier blade. Overall mounted entirely in solid silver with two color gilding used to show discrete elements on the hilt, which features hunting images and village scenes. The hilt of exceptional quality, entirely pierced and chiseled, with no losses, the original peening, and only with minuscule looseness to the crossguard. The crossguard is decorated with four different scen..
|( ID: cd1279 )|
An exceptionally rare 1930s Chinese Nationalist dirk made with a twist-core damascus blade. This is the second such dagger we have had in our collection, see here for another sold in 2014, when our thinking was that it was an Inspector General's dagger due to the sheaves of wheat along the crossguard. However, since then our research indicates that due to the style of the lion along the spine and pommel which is close in form and type to that found on Nationalist General's Lion swords, coupled with the twistcore blade (of similar form found on the example sold by us in 2014)..
|( ID: ma1278 )|
A fine example of an Ottoman Turkish war arrow from the 17 to 18th c. Retaining the original armor-piercing iron tip and the thin wooden form likely made of pine, the feathers now somewhat tattered. A rare survivor of a deeply important archery culture. In an article from Journal of the Society of Archer-Antiquaries, volume 4, 1961 by Fred Isles, a number of unique elements of Turkish flight arrows were discussed which can be seen on this example. "It will be noticed that the shape of the Turkish nock -- with its narrow entrance that springs apart to admit the ..
|( ID: ea1277 )|
A rare example of an early Polish war hammer called a czekan or obuch. The word itself "czekan" is originally Turkish but was known in the Polish language as early as 1621 likely through interaction with Ottoman Hungary, and is found mentioned in word, which found its way into Polish probably via Hungarian is already mentioned in Gregorz Knapski’s Thesaurus Polono-Latino-Graecus, first published in 1621 i Its metal part consists of a hammer-head (usually with a square face) on one side and an axe with a short, slightly curved blade on the other. An obuch also has a squar..
|( ID: cs1276 )|
Few swords are as emblematic as the presentation and General officer swords of the Chinese Republic during the period of the Beiyang Army. During this period numerous warlords competed for power and often commissioned extravagant uniforms and dress arms to show to their rank and file that they were in command. This sword is an example of one such presentation arm, one of the few of General grade quality swords, which is are also marked in an inscription along the blade noting that this was a presentation from General Chang Chin-yao as a Governor's Extraordinary Award. ..
|( ID: es1275 )|
A fine example of a matching Polish Model 1934 Sword, also known as the Szabla wz. 34 (literally "1934 Pattern Szabla"). This was the last service sword issued to the Polish cavalry and other mounted units of the Polish Army and is a considered to be one of the finest purposefully made cavalry swords and was successfully used in combat in 13 different Polish cavalry charges during the opening days of Worl;dWar II against the Nazis. The history of the swordis well documented as it was designed by the Warsaw-based Technical Institute of Armaments following the overall form of the 1921 Pa..