|( ID: is1238 )|
A fine example of an early 18th C. Indian firangi of rather unique hilt design. The typical khanda hilt is of finer quality than normal with a beautiful wootz pattern visible in the windows of the upper part of the hilt. The guard of the hilt is also pierced and opem with an arrow design of fine quality and delicate execution. The grip is wrapped in silver wire. The blade is wootz and is of the firangi style with a pattern visible throughout. A fine and rare firangi with wootz blade and wootz khanda hilt. It is quite rare to have a wootz firangi blade of fine flexible d..
|( ID: cf1237 )|
A very fine example of an early Malaysian matchlock gun of high quality design and workmanship. This example is of the lesser known style with the faceted butt stock and with decorated brass designs of fine sinuous quality. Likely dating to the 18th - early 19th C. these snaphaunce guns were descendants of the earliest Portuguese matchlocks brought to South East Asia in the 16th C. and which spread like a wildfire through the warring nations in that period, with the Japanese being some of the first to adopt them, and which likely influenced these Malay Peninsular style matchlocks. This e..
|( 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..
|( ID: ia1232 )|
A very fine Indian dhal shield, dating to the mid 18th century of exceptional quality. While this shield has no decoration other than the finely propotioned copper bosses now with a rich reddish patina, the thick black lacquer betrays its early manufacture as these types of shields can be seen in early Mughal miniatures where the shiny lacquered surface would contrast with the mutli colored gowns and accoutrement of the Mughal court. The quality and workmanship of this example is finer than we've seen on comparable shields and the weight and thickness indicate that this would have bee..
|( ID: is1231 )|
A fine example of a late 18th C. Indian javelin, mounted on a bamboo pole, with a very fine quality wootz steel head overlaid with bluing and gold koftgari. The javelin is primarily a missile weapon that takes the form of a light spear with a small head. Utilised both in combat and for hunting it is often used from horseback but is also effective on foot. For the javelin, the material of the shaft was usually hardwood or bamboo, only occasionally were shafts made entirely of iron or steel. Up until the sixteenth century the javelin-head was largely produced of plain steel, and it was not un..
|( ID: cs1229 )|
A massive example of these late 19th C. Chinese or more typically described as Mongolian swords. This example is beautifully inlaid with large lapis lazuli panels and coral beads. The handle and scabbard are of beautifully decorated and chiseled silver of very fine quality. The blade is iron and displays age wear and needs to be cleaned. A fine example of these types of swords likely made for presentation. Overall length is about 28". ..
|( ID: cs1226 )|
An exceptionally rare Chinese sword with a true Chinese forged wootz blade, circa mid-19th C. Dating to the early to mid-19th century in outward appearance this example is fitted with fine quality jian fittings of the late 18th-mid-19th c. The shagreen remains in fine condition with minor crazing due to timber shrinkage underneath and the boxwood grip is also in fine condition, with decorative lines running the length to create a better grip when grasped in hand. The brass hardware has a fine patina, uncleaned, and the fitting are precise and of good quality design and manufactu..