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Superb Circa 1800 Persian Zand or Qajar Armour Set, including khulah khud helmet, bazuband, and shield, wootz with silver/gold inlay

Superb Circa 1800 Persian Zand or Qajar Armour Set, including khulah khud helmet, bazuband, and shield, wootz with silver/gold inlay

( ID: ma1184 )

A superb quality late 18th C- early 19th C. Persian armour set.  The entire set is made of exceptionally fine chiseled wootz iron, deeply and thickly inlaid with silver floral designs and overlaid in gold koftgari. The quality of the chiseling especially on the bazuband is the finest early Persian chiseled ironwork that we've encountered in the open market, and other examples of this level of quality are typically only found in museum collections, of which the Wallace Collection has the ...

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...

Rare 17th C. Ottoman Chainmail or Maille shirt, with gilded collar

Rare 17th C. Ottoman Chainmail or Maille shirt, with gilded collar

( ID: ma1181 )

A quite rare example of a chainmail shirt in superb condition, completely of riveted links with a close weave. There are no losses to the shirt which has half length sleeves. It has a very interesting gilded copper or brass collar which descends roughly one fifth of the way down the front and which clasps at the throat through a small cut out which locks to a pin. Underneath there is an iron hook for a further enclosure.  When worn the collar has a single file appearance as it is designe...

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. Indian Mughal Katar Dagger

Superb 18th C. Indian Mughal Katar Dagger

( ID: id1178 )

18th C. Indian katar of North Indian Mughal form.  This example remains in exceptional condition with nearly all of the gold koftgari which is thicker and partially of zarnishan or inlaid type.  This indicates an earlier dating, coupled with the fine lines of the blade and original polish.  The katar is almost certainly wootz but the original polish has obscured the pattern. The blade is thickly armor pierced. An exceptional katar of beautiful sculptural form. Overall len...

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...

Very rare 15th-16th C. German Italian Polish Gothic War Hammer or Czekan

Very rare 15th-16th C. German Italian Polish Gothic War Hammer or Czekan

( ID: ea1177 )

A very interesting and early war hammer of interesting design.  Judging by the quality of the work, the hand forging visible on the hammer head, and the interesting early Germanic decoration, we judge this to be an early war hammer to the Gothic period, possibly as early as the 15th C., but more likely an armory example of the early 16th-mid 16th century.  There is also a possibility that it is an early Polish war hammer as well, a czekan, which were known in this form as well. The ...

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,...

Exceptional late 18th C Chinese Peidao Sword Saber with hairpin laminated blade

Exceptional late 18th C Chinese Peidao Sword Saber with hairpin laminated blade

( ID: cs1168 )

Chinese late 18th C. peidao sabre of large proportions, with rare Chinese laminated damascus blade of rare form and shape, with hardened edge.  Remains razor sharp. Fittings are of very fine quality in gilded copper with much of the gilt remaining.  The black tinted rayskin all remains except for a small strip along the edge between the chape and the belt fitting.  Beautiful sword. Overall length is 36", blade is 29". ...

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. ...

Superb Late 19th C. Chinese late Qing period Jian straight sword

Superb Late 19th C. Chinese late Qing period Jian straight sword

( ID: cs1169 )

Finest late 19th C. Chinese late Qing jian that I've had.  Condition is perfect. Almost all the gilding remains, no losses to anything, except the tiniest crack in of the fittings, which is barely visible.  The blade is exceptional and you can see the hardened edge underneath the polish.  This was not a show blade. It rings beautifully and is certainly of lamellar forging of the highest level of quality. Remains razor sharp. Etching also remains in very fine condition. ...

Rare 18th C. Thai Narai Hok Spear, with original scabbard. Ayutthayan Period.

Rare 18th C. Thai Narai Hok Spear, with original scabbard. Ayutthayan Period.

( ID: ca1167 )

A rare Thai narai hok foot soldiers spear, though this example likely was carried by an officer judging by the decoration at the spear collar and the crossguard. The iron spearhead is in original condition and appears to be laminated and of traditional spatulate form with a square cross section at the base. The shaft is in exceptional condition and most unusually is made of a finely patinated brass or copper mix. The spearhead collar is likewise crafted from brass or copper and chiseled with Th...

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 ...

Exceptionally Rare 18th C. Mughal Indian Combination Axe and Flintlock Pistols published 1972 Gordon H. Frost "Blades and Barrels"

Exceptionally Rare 18th C. Mughal Indian Combination Axe and Flintlock Pistols published 1972 Gordon H. Frost "Blades and Barrels"

( ID: ia1003 )

It's rare to be able to offer example of published provenance and such fine desing. A combination axe and pistol this Mughal axe is fine heavy weight, all iron, chiseled with fine detailing on the axehead which follows the design of an axe found in the Metropolitan Museum, with trapezoidal shape blade finely chiseled with bird designs at the extemitiies, which likely held stones, rubies or sapphires at some point.  The pieces comes apart into four section, pistols barrel, axehead, haft, ...

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.  ...

18th C. Collection of Eighteen Indian Mughal War Arrows of various shapes

18th C. Collection of Eighteen Indian Mughal War Arrows of various shapes

( ID: ia1162 )

A fine set of 18 Mughal Indian war arrows dating to the 18th-early 19th C. in fine condition and of various forms.  All retain their iron crafted heads, including various style of armor piercing heads and several chiseled with fullers. The hafts are bamboo and all in fine condition with no cracks or breaks, and many retain their multi material nocks as well. Average length is 30". ...

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 ...

Important 15th C. Chinese Ming Dynasty Chiseled and Gilded Iron Fitting

Important 15th C. Chinese Ming Dynasty Chiseled and Gilded Iron Fitting

( ID: ca1154 )

A rare and important 15th C. Chinese Ming Dynasty chiseled and gilded iron fitting.  This piece would have likely formed part of a belt belonging to a high ranking warrior or prince.  It is also possible that it was produced for sale to Tibet as other extant Ming, and earlier, period Chinese chiseled and gilded iron workmanshipis thought to have been. The dating of this piece can be attributed to a number of 15th C. Ming dynasty iron artifacts with certain similar features, spe...

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...

Antique 18th C. Qing Qianlong Dynasty Period Chinese Bannerman's Helmet

Antique 18th C. Qing Qianlong Dynasty Period Chinese Bannerman's Helmet

( ID: ca1131 )

A fine 18th C. Chinese iron helmet of typical form and shape.  Excellent condition throughout with two piece iron bowl with reinforced front and back plate, eye protector and brim.   Fine original and untouched condition.   ...

Fine 18th C. Sri Lankan Ceylonese Piha/Pia Kaetta Dagger Knife

Fine 18th C. Sri Lankan Ceylonese Piha/Pia Kaetta Dagger Knife

( ID: id1129 )

A very nice example of an early Sri Lankan or Ceylonese piha kaetta dagger.  The hilt is of black coral, finely carved and detailed with a liya-pata pattern. The pommel is encased in a chiseled silver piece of typical form, but of finer than normal quality.  The hilt is further embellished with fine diamond-shaped leaf motif plaques in silver.   The blade is inlaid in brass and silver of delicate chiseled and true inlay form, while the crossguard area is finely chisel...

Fine 19th C. Burmese Thailand Chinese Yunnan Dha or Darb Sword

Fine 19th C. Burmese Thailand Chinese Yunnan Dha or Darb Sword

( ID: cs1128 )

A fine example from the Burma/China/Thailand border regions, this example displays elements of design from all cultures, including enamel inlay work, in a plique a jour technique with silver wire enclosing vari colored enamel.  The blade is a fine fighting blade with a tiger mark, a known mark on Burmese blades but the edge is rounded in a way more atypical of Burmese blade which normally have a flattened blade edge, whereas this is rounded in a style more reminiscent of Thai darb.   ...

Fine Antique 19th C. Mughal Indian Presentation Solid Silver Gilt Shamshir Sword Tulwar with wootz blade

Fine Antique 19th C. Mughal Indian Presentation Solid Silver Gilt Shamshir Sword Tulwar with wootz blade

( ID: is1127 )

A very fine 19th C. Indian Mughal shamshir, with a solid silver gilt handle in the form of a lions head inlaid with what appears to be smoky quartz and a ruby (glows beautifully under a blacklight, indicating an original and early mined stone).  The handle is finely chiseled and chased with floral designs with makara head quillons.  The original scabbard is mounted with silver ensuite mounts and retains it's original velvet now displaying a few losses. The blade is  Persia...

Exceptional 18th C. Qianlong Period Qing Dynasty Chinese Officers Peidao Saber Sword

Exceptional 18th C. Qianlong Period Qing Dynasty Chinese Officers Peidao Saber Sword

( ID: cs1126 )

Description: An exceptional and large 18th C. Chinese Qianlong Guard’s officer sword.  The combination of the finely carved workmanship of the hilt fittings and the exceptionally rare 17th- 18th c. blade h this a singular example.  This style of sword is listed in the Imperial Regulations (Huangchao Ligi Tushi in Yingyin Wenyuange siku quanshu, vol. 656 [Shanghai, 1983], p. 6) as having been worn by the bodyguard of the Emperor (see the Portrait of the Imperial Bodyguard Zhan...

17th C. Choson Dynasty Korean Inlaid Geom Straight Sword, with pierced and chiseled damascened iron fittings

17th C. Choson Dynasty Korean Inlaid Geom Straight Sword, with pierced and chiseled damascened iron fittings

( ID: cs1125 )

The mounting on this sword combines surviving elements of Ming design on its hilt with Korean decoration and purely Korean elements.  In addition the blade features gold inlays found on several Korean swords in the Smithsonian Museum Anthropology Archives.   The style of the damascened work displays purely Korean methods and elements which can be seen in other forms of Korean metalwork.  Our sword may be most closely compared with an example in the Metropolitan Museum dated t...