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Fine 16th C. Early Hindu Khanda hilted Patissa with exceptional wootz blade

Fine 16th C. Early Hindu Khanda hilted Patissa with exceptional wootz blade

( ID: is1220 )

This is an fine example of a 16th Hindu khanda sword with an early style hilt and a patissa shaped blade of exceptional quality wootz.  The pattern in the wootz is one of the finest we've seen on a Hindu khanda, which normally have a tighter Indian crystalline wootz, and more rarely have the complex whorl designs which are indicative more of early Persian swords. This example displays some of the finest watering that can be found on an Indian sword and has no dark spots at all throughout...

12th C. Japanese Kamakura Wakizashi Sword Gassan Gold Presentation

12th C. Japanese Kamakura Wakizashi Sword Gassan Gold Presentation

( ID: js1219 )

An exceptionally rare Bizen period Japanese sword of wakizashi length with gold temple inscriptions.  The sword is attributed to Gassan and is attributed to the 12th C.by Fred Weisberg pushing it to some of the earliest Gassan smiths.  The hada is emblematic of the early Gassan school, called ayasugi hada. Ayasugi hada is basically masame hada which has been distorted by systematically varying the strength of the hammer blows along the blade during forging. The Gassan school derives...

Fine 18th C. North Indian Mughal Khyber Sword Dagger with fine watered blade

Fine 18th C. North Indian Mughal Khyber Sword Dagger with fine watered blade

( ID: is1214 )

This representative example of a North Indian khyber is one of the finest examples we've owned.  Dating to the late 18th- early 19th C. this example has several features which sepeate it from most common example. This includes the silver grip scales, the thick and fine quality gold koftgari decoration, and the fine Kara Khorasan style black wootz which is visible and present throughout with no losses or dead areas. The pommel has a finely formed fitting with a five petaled flower indi...

Ottoman Empire Turban Helmet from Istanbul Workshop, Turkey, late 15th  - mid 16th century

Ottoman Empire Turban Helmet from Istanbul Workshop, Turkey, late 15th - mid 16th century

( ID: ia1213 )

An original condition Ottoman Empire Turban Helmet likely from an Istanbul Armour Workshop or an Ak-Koyonlu workshop, Turkey late 15th  - mid 16th century, in the Turkoman style. Iron steel single bowl construction with 16 straight flutes terminating with the octagonal  and round spike at the top. The rim of the bowl is pieced with 30 holes for vervelles or chainmail (missing). To the right of the nasal guard there is a hole for the aventail plume holder. Throughout all surface...

Model 1937 Italian Senior Officers MSVN and Voluntary National Security Police Dirk Dagger

Model 1937 Italian Senior Officers MSVN and Voluntary National Security Police Dirk Dagger

( ID: ed1209 )

 A rare dagger this variation belonged to a senior officer of the MSVN or the Voluntary National Security Police. Likely a Mod. 1937 and a senior officers dagger due to the blade edge facing away from the crossguard, this example is missing it's scabbard and the tip is missing, easy to fix with reshaping. Otherwise nice condition with some spotting on the blade. Overall length is 11 3/4", blade is 7 1/2".   ...

Rare Variation WWII Chinese Nationalist Kuomintang Dagger Dirk

Rare Variation WWII Chinese Nationalist Kuomintang Dagger Dirk

( ID: cd1208 )

A rare and large form of a Chinese WWII Army officers dagger. This example is in fine original untouched condition. Blade is clean and retains all of the original chrome finish with fine fullering, uncommon to find on these types of daggers. The fittings are Army officer style with the Nationalist flag on the pommel, an Eagle sitting on top of a globe, and with two figures holding the Nationalist star flag on the upper scabbard fitting.  This is a variation we have yet to encounter makin...

WWII Japanese Police Lieutenants Officer Dress Saber

WWII Japanese Police Lieutenants Officer Dress Saber

( ID: js1212 )

An interesting example of a WWII period Japanese police lieutenants officers dress saber. Excellent condition through with the Imperial symbol on the backstrap, which is more heavily engraved than normal. The grip also is covered in grey rayskin, an uncommon feature, the signficant of which we have yet to decipher. The blade is clean with no damage. Sword is tight overall. Overall length is 35", blade is 26". ...

Excellent 18th C. Ottoman Shamshir, wootz and gold fittings

Excellent 18th C. Ottoman Shamshir, wootz and gold fittings

( ID: ms1204 )

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Very fine 19th C. Mughal Indian Shamshir Sword, gilded brass, wootz blade with gold inlaid cartouche

Very fine 19th C. Mughal Indian Shamshir Sword, gilded brass, wootz blade with gold inlaid cartouche

( ID: is1205 )

A very fine 19th C. Indian shamshir sword with gilded brass mounts decorated in a baroque European influenced manner, with floral designs and a cavalry style mounting.  The d-guard grip is in excellent condition with few losses and much of the gilding remaining. The blade is beautifully crafted of fine Persian wootz, with a fuller running along the length and inlaid in gold with an interesting cartouche, undeciphered at this time.  The scabbard is mounted with ensuite fittings, with...

18th C. Indo-Persian Mughal Khulah Khud Helmet

18th C. Indo-Persian Mughal Khulah Khud Helmet

( 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 wer...

Exquisite Carved Bamboo Korean Choson Joseon Dynasty Eunjangdo Dagger, 19th C.

Exquisite Carved Bamboo Korean Choson Joseon Dynasty Eunjangdo Dagger, 19th C.

( ID: cd1200 )

Beautiful bamboo wood carved 19th C. Korean eunjangdo dagger. This example has exceptional carving with minutely detailed figures throughout and carved inscriptions in Chinese characters. The metals mounts of finely proportioned silver include a set of chopsticks which fit into the scabbard and lock into place with a small pin. Overall length is 6". ...

Excellent 16th C. Tibetan Domed Cane Shield, with iron and gilded brass mirror boss

Excellent 16th C. Tibetan Domed Cane Shield, with iron and gilded brass mirror boss

( ID: ca1194 )

Shield probably dates 15 th – 18 th century, diameter 28 inches, central boss 6 inches. The central boss is iron with a non-ferrous outer ring embellished with traditional Tibetan motifs and gilded. There are two hanging hooks that appear to be original. See LaRocca, D.  Warriors of the Himalays, pages 94-95 and the accompanying text for more information and comparison. The is light wear to some of the outer surface and paint, more so along the circumference as would be expected. The shi...

Exceptional Circa 1900 Heirloom Japanese Flag Officer Kyu-Gunto Naval Sword Wakizashi, with horimono and Ando Family mon

Exceptional Circa 1900 Heirloom Japanese Flag Officer Kyu-Gunto Naval Sword Wakizashi, with horimono and Ando Family mon

( ID: js1192 )

A gorgeous Japanese naval sword mounted in the Model 1896 Flag Officer fittings of superb quality in basically perfect condition, retaining all the original finish. The lacquered rayskin scabbard has no losses at all. The white same covering on the grip is also in superb condition and the sword retains its original flag officer level sword knot.  The grip has the mon of the Ando family on the backstrap. The blade is an ancestral wakizashi blade retaining its original old polish, with ...

Fine WWII Chinese Kuomintang Nationalist Air Force Dagger Dirk, with rare colored grip

Fine WWII Chinese Kuomintang Nationalist Air Force Dagger Dirk, with rare colored grip

( ID: cd1191 )

A fine example of a 1930s Chinese WWII period Nationalist air force dirk in excellent condition. This example has the original scabbard and the blade is in 99% condition retaining all of the original chrome finish. The handle is a rare style with a pink and blue colored grip, surmounted by a finely carved eagle inlaid with red stone eyes. Overall length is 12", blade is 7" ...

Rare 16-17th C. Ming Period Chinese Jian Straight Sword

Rare 16-17th C. Ming Period Chinese Jian Straight Sword

( ID: cs1193 )

A very uncommonly early Chinese jian sword with a lamellar blade and plain blackened iron fittings. This jian dates to the Ming period judging by the style of the blade which is thick, heavy but well balanced and with a lenticular cross section. The plain blackened iron fittings and the downswept guard are also indications of early construction, and the red lacquered scabbard can be found on other early Ming dynasty period swords. The condition is original and untouched throughout, and the...

Rare 19th C. Zulu Shield Isihlangu from Battle of Isandlwana Period

Rare 19th C. Zulu Shield Isihlangu from Battle of Isandlwana Period

( ID: oa1190 )

A rare original 19th C. Zulu battle shield from the Battle of Isandlwana period from a collection of British and colonial period artifacts.  The leather is rock hard with age and warped slightly on one side. Overall length is 46" with the wooden pole and 34" just the leather.  Based on the Pitts Rivers museum this would have been the shield of a seasoned warrior as it is decorated with primarily a white background and a few spots of brown.  The description is below: Small...

19th C. Ottoman Turkish Straight Sword Shamshir mounts, with early wootz blade, 16th-17th century

19th C. Ottoman Turkish Straight Sword Shamshir mounts, with early wootz blade, 16th-17th century

( ID: ms1182 )

A quite fascinating sword and large Ottoman straight sword.  From outward appearances it has standard but fine quality iron and silver decorated Ottoman mounts of the 19th C. though the straight form belies that the blade is quite an interesting survivor of early form. The blade is of straight form rarely found on Ottoman or Islamic swords from this region (except the Omani kattaras, which themselves may have been later intepretations of earlier forms), and which are found prim...

Fine 18th C. Ottoman or North African Stirrups, gold decorated, and maker marked

Fine 18th C. Ottoman or North African Stirrups, gold decorated, and maker marked

( ID: ma1179 )

A matching pair of Ottoman or North African stirrups made iron. The rectangular bases each gilt and pierced with a stylised rosette, the arched side bars and cross-bar with semi-circle hoops, gold overlaid with foliate scrolls and geometric designs. Both of these are stamped with a matching maker mark, Said, a somewhat prolific maker of armor whose work can be found in museums worlwide. Condition is very fine with almost no losses of gold koftgari. ...

Important 17th C.  South Indian Tanjore Pata Sword, with exceptional chiseled iron gilded decoration

Important 17th C. South Indian Tanjore Pata Sword, with exceptional chiseled iron gilded decoration

( ID: is1180 )

A superb 17th c. pata of exceptional quality and decoration.  Most patas are found undecorated and usually lose most of their gilding, whereas this example retains the original gold wash over the chiseled iron features of the arm cup, while the blade reinforcement panels retains the original thick and finely formed koftgari. The blade is sharp Indian made and of spear form with a reticular cross section and fine springiness, the mark of a true pata which had to have flexible blades to al...

Superb 18th C. Persian Karabela Sword with jade grips and wootz fittings

Superb 18th C. Persian Karabela Sword with jade grips and wootz fittings

( ID: ms1176 )

This is a fine example of an early to mid 18th C. Persian Zand period karabela sword of elegant form and design.  The grip scales are spinach jade, in the tradition of the finest Timurid lapidarists, which was continued into the Safavid period and is reflected in the dragon head quillons which are related in form to the exceptional Timurid crossguard now in the Metropolitan Museum. The graceful aesthetic of this sword speaks to an owner of refined taste who appreciated the Safavid tradition...

Very fine early 19th C. Silver Gilt Ottoman Turkish Khanjar  or Jambiya

Very fine early 19th C. Silver Gilt Ottoman Turkish Khanjar or Jambiya

( ID: md1175 )

A fine early 19th C. example of a Turkish khanjar of classic form but of large and heavy size.  This example is entirely chiseled en suite with floral Ottoman baroque designs.  The silver also remains in exceptional condition, with fine detailing and much of the original gilding remaining. The silver is hallmarked with a Sultan's tughra, indecipherable now unfortunately.  The blade is a very fine late 18th C. form that is aesthetically similar to earlier 17th c. forms that...

17th C. Ottoman Turkish Khanjar Dagger, wootz blade

17th C. Ottoman Turkish Khanjar Dagger, wootz blade

( ID: md1174 )

A rare example of a classic type of an Ottoman Turkish khanjar of the mid 17th C. These are found in museum collections around the world, the finest being in the Turkenbeute of the Dresden Kunstkammer. This example is a good example of the type, with the archtypal wide wood grips of half lunette form and slim waist form, made of a type of Balkan hardwood. The blade keeps to form and is made of the earlier form of Turkish wootz from the early 17th c.    ...

18th C. South Indian Tulwar Shamshir with wootz watered blade, possibly Central Indian or Deccan

18th C. South Indian Tulwar Shamshir with wootz watered blade, possibly Central Indian or Deccan

( ID: is1173 )

An interesting and elegant Indian tulwar of the period 1750-1850 likely from the Central Indian plateau. The overall form is of a classic Indian shamshir with a tulwar grip, but the tulwar handle itself is of a form rarely seen with a curved pommel that leans towards Southern or Central Indian origin. The bulge in the grip trends towards the pommel instead of the middle, as in other tulwars, is also an indication of earlier origin and can be seen on some tulwars found in the Bikaner Armory,...

Fine 19th C. Chinese Dao Sword, heavy lamellar construction

Fine 19th C. Chinese Dao Sword, heavy lamellar construction

( ID: cs1170 )

Fine 19th C. Chinese sword of heavy weight and likely lamellar construction. Original leather scabbard with red cloth covering. The blade is inlaid with a copper wheel, possibly a Buddhist symbol.  Very sharp and well constructed sword.  Remains razor sharp. Overall length is 26", blade is 18", nearly 1/4" thick at the ricasso.   ...

Important late 18th C. French Empire Period Presentation Sword, with massive watered wootz Ottoman blade

Important late 18th C. French Empire Period Presentation Sword, with massive watered wootz Ottoman blade

( ID: es1172 )

An important French Napoleonic sword dating 1795-1805 and the Battle of Egypt period, this sword represents the apogee of French arms design and the interaction of East and West. The sword overall has a hussar style design of large proportions. The handle is gilt brass, or ormolu, mounted with fine rayskin of the highest quality (an indication of the importance of the owner as high quality rayskin was reserved for high end swords).  The crossguard and guard feature classical portrai...

Mid 18th C. French Hunting Sword, chiseled and gilded iron fittings

Mid 18th C. French Hunting Sword, chiseled and gilded iron fittings

( ID: es1171 )

An exceptional mid 18th C. French hunting sword of cuttoe form.  This example has a fine gold decorated blade with hunting scenes, and displays the proportions of the third quarter of the 18th C.  The grip is carved bone set with silver wrapping. There is an old age crack but the grip is completely structurally sound with no losses. The crossguard is chiseled and gilded iron of the finest level of quality, with reticulated dogs tongues made of gold on the ends of the quillons. ...

Exceptional 17th C. Indian Mughal Khanjar of Mutton Fat Jade inlaid with hardstones and exceptional wootz blade

Exceptional 17th C. Indian Mughal Khanjar of Mutton Fat Jade inlaid with hardstones and exceptional wootz blade

( ID: id1004 )

It is our pleasure to be able to offer a premier example of Mughal Indian art. Of typical and well known form, this 17th C. Mughal dagger is of superb construction and fully complete with the original scabbard and matching jade scabbard chape and locket, which retains it's small jade clasp. The handle and scabbard fittings are of fine pale green mutton fat jade and the overall dagger is quite large and pleasingly heavy at 17" in overall length.  The handle is intarsia inlaid with a ...

Fine 19th C. North Indian Pesh Kabz or Karud, Sialkot koftgari work of the finest quality

Fine 19th C. North Indian Pesh Kabz or Karud, Sialkot koftgari work of the finest quality

( ID: id934 )

Dagger dates 19th century, overall 21 ½, inches, blade 14 inches. This exceptional karud is a variant of the pesh kabz having a  straight spine rather than a form with a slightly curved spine. The blade is forged of fine Indian wootz. The spine and forte of the blade, the bolsters, tangbands and scabbard mounts are entirely covered with beautiful koftgari  inlay in the manner of the village of Sialkot. The motifs are traditional featuring paisley, vine and trellis designs. The gri...

18th C. Chiseled Iron Tibetan Derge Horsetrappings and crupper

18th C. Chiseled Iron Tibetan Derge Horsetrappings and crupper

( ID: ca1161 )

A rare set of Tibetan horse trapping in chiseled and gilded iron, with horse crupper damascened in gold with a dragon.  the work is likely Derge work from eastern Tibet, possibly from Kham. Dates to the 18th C. comprehensively.  ...

19th C. Ottoman Turkish Yataghan Sword, likely of Balkan origin

19th C. Ottoman Turkish Yataghan Sword, likely of Balkan origin

( ID: ms1164 )

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Exquisite 18th C. Mughal Indian Tulwar Sword with chiseled and serrated watered steel wootz blade

Exquisite 18th C. Mughal Indian Tulwar Sword with chiseled and serrated watered steel wootz blade

( ID: is1155 )

One of the finer works of Indian iron workmanship that we've encountered in some time, this tulwar has very fine and pleasing lines with a robust and exquistely watered blade, with a visible pattern throughout or rich kara taban black wootz.  The pattern is consistent and visible the entire length on both sides with whorls and swirls of the finest Persian wootz.  The blade is one of few that we've seen in wootz with serration of this type, and on the spine, the entire length of the ...

Fine English or Scottish Napoleonic War Era Silver hilt Mamluke Sabre Sword

Fine English or Scottish Napoleonic War Era Silver hilt Mamluke Sabre Sword

( ID: es1156 )

A fine late 18th C. English or Scottish Napoleonic War Mamluke sword mounted with a solid silver hilt, with a small difficult to read hallmark. The scabbard is wood, covered in leather with silver mounts. The blade is a fine mamluke blade likely remounted from an earlier Islamic blade. A fine English Napoleonic War period mamluke sword. Overall length is 35", blade is 30". ...

Rare 19th C. Victorian Period Swiss Holbein Dagger

Rare 19th C. Victorian Period Swiss Holbein Dagger

( ID: ed1158 )

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Rare Central Asian Bukharan Uzbek Shashka Sword of distinct type

Rare Central Asian Bukharan Uzbek Shashka Sword of distinct type

( ID: ms1163 )

A rare 18th-19th C. Bukharan shashka of distinct form and type.  The Central Asian shashka is often distinguished from shashkas from the Caucasus to the south and west, and Afghanistan to the south and east by form and blade type not seen on swords from either region. This example is true to form with fine wood grip slabs held in place by large silver pins flattened in profile with the grip.  The blade is thick and heavy and bears little resemblance to other shashka blades by the al...

Rare Circa 1900-1920 Japanese Forestry Service Dagger Dirk with handmade blade

Rare Circa 1900-1920 Japanese Forestry Service Dagger Dirk with handmade blade

( ID: jd1159 )

A very rare Japanese Forestry service dirk or dagger with a handmade blade dating to the period 1900-1920. This example features a rare oversized blade in fine condition throughout with a visible temper line.  The dagger is in very fine condition with no losses or condition issues. The scabbard is leather mounted with light colored brass fittings engraved with the Paulonia flower. This is likely an NCO or Officers version. Overall length is 24", blade cutting edge is 17". ...

Very fine Early 20th C. Japanese Meiji Period Naval Dirk with Gendai Blade

Very fine Early 20th C. Japanese Meiji Period Naval Dirk with Gendai Blade

( ID: jd1157 )

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18th C. Japanese Wakizashi Sword

18th C. Japanese Wakizashi Sword

( ID: js1153 )

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Fine 18th C. Indian Firangi Sword with massive blade

Fine 18th C. Indian Firangi Sword with massive blade

( ID: is1149 )

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Fine 18th C. Indian Hindu Mahratta Patissa Tulwar Sword with wootz blade and presentation inscription

Fine 18th C. Indian Hindu Mahratta Patissa Tulwar Sword with wootz blade and presentation inscription

( ID: is1151 )

An uncommon sword, this Indian sword can be confidently attributed to an original Hindu owner.  The fine overall condition and quality indicate someone of high stature owning the sword and wanting a distinctly Hindu form, with a Hindi inscription, a patissa form blade, and re-inforcing strips most often found on Mahratta swords. The hilt is a classic North Indian tulwar hilt but of distinct stockier shape with downward curving quillons and fine quality vegetal koftgari of thicker and ear...

Fine English Model 1796 Officers Sword with extraordinary blade

Fine English Model 1796 Officers Sword with extraordinary blade

( ID: es1148 )

A rare late 18th C. English officers sword of very interesting origin.  The blade is exceptional and chiseled with various depressions all throughout and fine chiseling on every surface. The overall effect is like no other English sword we've seen, except for a Scottish baskethilt sword with a similar blade in a Swedish museum ...

Rare Presentation 19th C. English Raja of Sarawak Navy Sword

Rare Presentation 19th C. English Raja of Sarawak Navy Sword

( ID: cs1152 )

A very interesting and rare Wilkinson made Sarawak Naval presentation sword.  The history of the Rajah of Sarawak is fascinating and we were able to obtain the original Wilkinson records which document that this sword was purchased by the Rajah of Sarawak, James Brooks, for presentation to Henry Lucas.   The Wilkinson proofs is 12894.  A copy from the archive is attached in the listing and the records state this sword was a...G. S. Plated, Mounted, Sarawak,Navy Sword with Flat ...

Very rare Japanese WWII Type 95 NCO Gunto Prototype sword

Very rare Japanese WWII Type 95 NCO Gunto Prototype sword

( ID: js1150 )

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18th C. Thailand Ngao Heavy Cavalry Spear from Ayutthan Period

18th C. Thailand Ngao Heavy Cavalry Spear from Ayutthan Period

( ID: cs1146 )

An exceptional and rare Thai spearhead from the 18th c. of a Thai heavy cavalry officer fighting from platforms on elephants. The iron spearhead is in original condition and appears to be laminated.  The hardwood shaft is in exceptional condition and retains the original steel and silver mounted butt.  The spearhead collar is finely crafted from silver with a silver crossguard.   It is exceptionally rare to find an original length spear of this for with the original sil...

Antique 19th c. Chinese Qing Dynasty Laminated Damascus Peidao Sword Saber

Antique 19th c. Chinese Qing Dynasty Laminated Damascus Peidao Sword Saber

( ID: cs1143 )

A fine example of a 19th C. Qing Dynasty Chinese officers peidao sword.  This example has very fine and pleasing fullers running the length of the blade with fullering reminiscent of Middle Eastern sabers and likely adopted through Persian trade influence in Western China. Blade has a thick spine and displays a vivid laminated Chinese damascus pattern. This is also visible along the spine where the laminations of the iron can be seen as straight lines running the length of...

Fine 18th C. Ottoman Turkish Shamshir/Kilich Sword with Sham Wootz blade

Fine 18th C. Ottoman Turkish Shamshir/Kilich Sword with Sham Wootz blade

( ID: ms1145 )

A large 18th-early 19th C. Ottoman Turkish shamshir with a kilich style double edged form at the blade tip.  The large original scabbard is covered in the orignal red velvet, now worn, with the fine chiseled silver fittings of heavy construction.  The gripscales are horn, and display one original old repair.   The overall condition of the sword is very good and the blade is clean and displays a latent sham wootz pattern which can be seen in some areas. Further cleanin...

Rare Chinese 1920s Beiyang Army Republic Period Field Grade Officers Sword Saber

Rare Chinese 1920s Beiyang Army Republic Period Field Grade Officers Sword Saber

( ID: cs1144 )

A rare style of Chinese sword dating to the period 1912-1928 or the Beiyang Army period.  This example is a field grade officer's sword of regulation pattern.   The grip has turtleshell grip of standard form and has the five bar Republic of China Army emblem signifying the Five Races Under One Union and the embem of the Wuchang Uprising of 1911, The Iron Blood 18-star flag. These twin emblems are found on swords of this period and it is rare to find any field officers sword of ...

Fine 19th C. Chinese Qing Dynasty Peidao Saber with fine fullering and damascus blade

Fine 19th C. Chinese Qing Dynasty Peidao Saber with fine fullering and damascus blade

( ID: cs1141 )

A fine example of a 19th C. Qing Dynasty Chinese officers peidao sword.  This example has very fine and pleasing fullers running the length of the blade with inlaid brass or copper dots.  The fullering is reminiscent of Middel Eastern sabers and likely acquired through Persian trade influence in Western China. Blade has a thick spine and displays a heat treated edge and damascus layering in addition to chiseled dragons forms at the ricasso. The handle wrap is slightly undone...

19th C. Wootz Indian Mughal Zirah Bouk Kard Dagger

19th C. Wootz Indian Mughal Zirah Bouk Kard Dagger

( ID: id1134 )

A fine example of a 19th C. Indian kard but with a large and hardened inserted tip ito create an armor piercing tip in the form of a zirah bouk dagger.  The grip is finely chiseled and chased silver with a floral pattern and the blade is wootz, while the hardened edge appears to be damascus steel. A fine and interesting example.   ...

Fine 19th C. Chinese Jian Sword with damascus blade with hardened edge

Fine 19th C. Chinese Jian Sword with damascus blade with hardened edge

( ID: cs1132 )

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Fine and Uncommon Georgian Caucasian 19th C. Miquelet Pistol, silver and niello mounted

Fine and Uncommon Georgian Caucasian 19th C. Miquelet Pistol, silver and niello mounted

( ID: rf1133 )

This is a fine example of a 19th C. Caucasian pistol. Beautifully mounted with silver and niello stock mounts over the typical pebbled leather, this example displays rare silver chiseling with animal forms in niello, in the form of birds and a lion.  This type of decoration is uncommon to find in silver niello and one example known with this type of work is found on a kindjal in the Hermitage Museum collection, published in K. Rivkin's "Arms and Armor of the Caucasus". The ball butt...