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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 Geom Straight Sword, with pierced and chiseled damascened iron fittings

17th C. Choson Dynasty Korean 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...

19th C. Naga Assam Head hunters two handed sword

19th C. Naga Assam Head hunters two handed sword

( ID: is1121 )

A fine example of an Assamese head hunter's sword made entirely of iron. Heavy sharp double edged blade with an iron crossguard. Completely tight and 32" overall. Dating to the 19th C. or earlier. ...

19th C. Philippines Moro Barong with carved wood sundang pommel

19th C. Philippines Moro Barong with carved wood sundang pommel

( ID: os1123 )

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Excellent 19th C. Ottoman Turkish Wootz Kilich Pala Sword with original scabbard

Excellent 19th C. Ottoman Turkish Wootz Kilich Pala Sword with original scabbard

( ID: is1119 )

A fine and large Ottoman kilich dating to the 19th C. This example has the original scabbard, mounted with silver fittings, now atrnished, chiseled and engraved with floral designs.  The blade is thick and heavya nd made of Turkish Istanbul watered steel, a distinctive type and signficantly Turkish manufacture. The blade is of interesting design with a beveled yelman and  think fuller running along near the spine.  The blade has gold cartouche at the ricasso. A large and powerf...

Exceptional 17th C. Indo-Portuguese Silver Gilt Filigree South Indian Tanjore Katar Dagger, with original scabbard and damascus blade

Exceptional 17th C. Indo-Portuguese Silver Gilt Filigree South Indian Tanjore Katar Dagger, with original scabbard and damascus blade

( ID: id1117 )

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Exceptional 18th C. Persian Safavid/Qajar Broadsword Shamshir, watered steel wootz, chiseled fittings

Exceptional 18th C. Persian Safavid/Qajar Broadsword Shamshir, watered steel wootz, chiseled fittings

( ID: is1124 )

A truly exceptional sword and one of the finest Persian swords we've handled. The form of the blade of this example is a very rare type in a non-traditional broadsword form, much wider than a shamshir and made of uniformly exceptional quality kirk narduban Persian wootz with a wide visible hardened edge.  The forte of the blade is chiseled in early Timurid form, the forte chiseling which inspired the east Asian tunkou on Chinese swords and the habaki on Japanese swords, and which can be dat...

Exceptional 19th C. Moro Philippines Barong with carved sundang pommel

Exceptional 19th C. Moro Philippines Barong with carved sundang pommel

( ID: or1114 )

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Fine laminated damascus steel Philippine Moro Panabas Axe Sword

Fine laminated damascus steel Philippine Moro Panabas Axe Sword

( ID: os1122 )

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Rare 12th-15th C. South Indian Bronze Nayar Sword

Rare 12th-15th C. South Indian Bronze Nayar Sword

( ID: is1115 )

A rare sword, this is a Nair Indian temple sword. These examples have been dated from the 12th-19th C. century and we would date this example to the earlier part of that period, to the 12th-15th C..  Elgood identifies a sword of very similar design and age in "Hindu Arms and Ritual" and dates his example to the 12th C. This example is in very nice condition for it's age, and is now deeply patinated with verdigris, a fine sign of age.  The design is of the scarcer type with a sharply L ...

Rare 19th C. Indonesian Borneo Niabor Nyabor Sword

Rare 19th C. Indonesian Borneo Niabor Nyabor Sword

( ID: os1113 )

The niabor has a convex edge and concave back broadening towards the tip so that so that the center of gravity lies at the point. The edge curves in a faint curve towards the tip. The blade usually has one or more broken hollow sections and no midrib. They are usually not decorated. In some versions, a nose-shaped projection is forged to the blade, which is seated on the cutting edge. This projection serves as a kind of parry and finger guard is called Kundieng. It is typical of these swords. Be...

Rare Model 1769 Austrian Heavy Cavalry Officers Napoleonic Pallash Sword

Rare Model 1769 Austrian Heavy Cavalry Officers Napoleonic Pallash Sword

( ID: es1120 )

A fine example of an Model 1769 Austrian Napoleonic period officers broadsword. These are very uncommon swords and this examples remains in excellent condition with much of the original gilding remaining. The blade retains the double-headed eagle etching and the maker name on the spine Pottenstern is correct for this model. A rare fighting sword from the period of the Napoleonic Wars. Overall length is 38", balde is 32". For reference see Konopisky and Moudry 1991 ...

Very rare 1770-1780 American British Revolutionary War Naval Cutlass Sword, Harvey Sr. marked blade with original scabbard

Very rare 1770-1780 American British Revolutionary War Naval Cutlass Sword, Harvey Sr. marked blade with original scabbard

( ID: as1118 )

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18th C. Thailand Narai Hok Spear from Ayutthan Period with silver damascene

18th C. Thailand Narai Hok Spear from Ayutthan Period with silver damascene

( ID: ca1112 )

18th C. Thai Narai Hok spear of original uncut length.    The iron head is inlaid with silver, much of which remains but needs to be cleaned. The haft is hard wood and the iron spear blade is hollow ground now with original age darkened patina.  A large and rare original example.    Overall length is 84". Spearhead is 13" and iron socket with the spearhead together is 23".   A fine and well balanced Thai spear. The silver damascene will clean ...

Important 17th C. Indian Mughal Axe with animorphic one piece wootz head, and Bikaner Armory inscriptions

Important 17th C. Indian Mughal Axe with animorphic one piece wootz head, and Bikaner Armory inscriptions

( ID: ia1099 )

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Exceptionally Rare Model 1900 German East Asian Battalion (Ostasiatische Expeditionskorps) Officers Shako for troops serving in China

Exceptionally Rare Model 1900 German East Asian Battalion (Ostasiatische Expeditionskorps) Officers Shako for troops serving in China

( ID: ea1087 )

An exceptionally rare piece of headgear this shako was worn by an officer in the East Asian Expeditionary Corps (and its later successors, the East Asian Occupation Brigade and East Asian Detachment).  In basically perfect condition, this example retains the original cockade in red, black and silver wire, and is stamped on the inside of the brim with the correct arsenal markings for the East Asian Battalion, and with a stamped makers mark on the inside of the top of the shako. The...

Fine 17th C. Indian Mughal Chainmail Armored Shirt Zirah Baghtar, marked to Anup Singh, Governor of Adoni in the Deccan1689-1698

Fine 17th C. Indian Mughal Chainmail Armored Shirt Zirah Baghtar, marked to Anup Singh, Governor of Adoni in the Deccan1689-1698

( ID: ia1095 )

A fine example of a Zirah Baghtar (or jawshan, zirh gomlak, yushman) or a Mughal chain and plate shirt, this example is in superb condition with all of the plates in original untouched condition and was modified to include four sets of brass and ruby inlaid top closures pieces which slide in through the rings, a very interesting style we have not seen before, and possibly of Oudh or Sindh origin judging by the chiseled brass work characteristic of Oudh/Sindhi armors.  The plates on thi...

Fine 19th C. Ottoman Turkish Agate mounted wootz dagger kard

Fine 19th C. Ottoman Turkish Agate mounted wootz dagger kard

( ID: id1090 )

A fine example of a 19th C. Ottoman Turkish kard mounted with agate slad grips, and gilded copper, or tombac, mounts.  The blade is of very fine quality and displays a vivid wootz pattern throughout.  The original scabbard appears to be a vellum like materials over wood and is in the Central Asian or Persianate style with part of the grip visible once the dagger is all the way in.   Overall length 15", blade is 9". ...

Rare Napoleonic War English British Dog-Head Officers Sword, likely a presentation with heirloom blade

Rare Napoleonic War English British Dog-Head Officers Sword, likely a presentation with heirloom blade

( ID: es1091 )

A rare 18th C. English or British doghead officers sword. This example is mounted in a fire gilded hilt with a dog head pommel in fine condition. The blade is multi-fullered earlier blade dating to the early 18th C. and likely a family heirloom blade, remounted in very unique mounts, possibly for presentation, and likey for an Army officer judging by the army officer sword style crossguard though the side bar guard is in a more cavalry-esque style..   The scabbard locket is marked t...

Superb Late Rennaissance 17th C. Dutch or German Rapier Court Sword in the Grotesque manner

Superb Late Rennaissance 17th C. Dutch or German Rapier Court Sword in the Grotesque manner

( ID: es1089 )

Dating to the mid to late 17th C. this example is one of the finest chiseled iron mounted court swords we've owned. Fully chiseled and carved in relief and pierced throughout, the crossguard, pommel and guard are all decorated en suite. The quality of the workmanship is superb and vividly shows a warrior on horseback and a reclining woman, likely an allegorical representation of Victory, in addition to other more grotesque representations in the aesthetic tradition of 17th C. Grotesquerie. Th...

Superb Revolutionary War English or American Slotted Hilt Sword

Superb Revolutionary War English or American Slotted Hilt Sword

( ID: as1088 )

A very fine example of a Revolutionary War period hanger. This example remains in very nice condition and has a leather and brass mounted scabbard with the matching belt hanger.  The grip is beautifully crafted in russet iron and completely tight to the fullered blade. This type was used in the Revolutionary War by both the English and American revolutonary forces under George Washington. Dates to the period 1770-1790.  Overall length is 35", blade is 27". ...

Very Rare 18th C. North Indian Flintlock Blunderbuss, inlaid with rubies and turquoise

Very Rare 18th C. North Indian Flintlock Blunderbuss, inlaid with rubies and turquoise

( ID: if1094 )

An exceptional quality North Indian, Punjab or Kashmir, blunderbuss, dating to the late 18th C. This example is in the traditional North Indian style, with a fine damascus barrel and singularly inlaid with gold kundun mounted ruby and turquoise stones.  Precious gemstone inlaid Indian firearms of any era are exceptionally rare and this example with a damascus barrel and a fine original polished Indian redwood stock is a premier example.  The distinct downturned butt and form of the ...

Antique 18th -19th C. Ottoman Turkish Dervish Faqir's Crutch with hidden dagger

Antique 18th -19th C. Ottoman Turkish Dervish Faqir's Crutch with hidden dagger

( ID: ia1072 )

An interesting and uncommon item. This is an antique Ottoman Turkish dervich crutch. Made entirely of metal and formed with two downswept curved points at either end, the head of this example is decorated with gold koftgari in the Ottoman style.  The haft is iron and gilded at the base, with a small hole for what was likely a strap to the item.  The head actually goes into the haft with a long trianglar cross sectioned hidden dagger which is secured through a pin that screws ...

Exceptional 19th C. Spanish Damascene Toledo Dagger, in the manner of Eusebio and Placido Zuloaga with Moorish designs

Exceptional 19th C. Spanish Damascene Toledo Dagger, in the manner of Eusebio and Placido Zuloaga with Moorish designs

( ID: ed1069 )

An exceptional 19th C. Spanish damascene dagger. This is one of the larger left hand style daggers we've seen that is decorated in the Toledo style damascene which was pioneered by the Zuloaga family. The quality of this example is outstanding and rivals some of the finest Zuloaga work, found in the world's finest museums and private collections, and highlighted in the Khalili Collection publication Lavin, D., "The Art and Tradition of the Zuloagas: Spanish Damascene from the Khalili Collection,...

Exceptional British English Cut Steel Small Sword Circa 1800

Exceptional British English Cut Steel Small Sword Circa 1800

( ID: es1073 )

A very fine late 18th C. English cut-steel small sword. This example has a fine hilt with chiseled and inlaid polished steel beads approximating the look of diamonds.   The hilt of this sword is made of cut and polished steel and is similar in design and look to those made in Matthew Boulton's Soho Manufactory in Birmingham. The blade was likely made in Solingen, Germany, famous for the production of blades. Similar hilts cut with facets are shown in the Boulton and Watt pattern boo...

Fine 18th C. Indian Mughal Katar with inlaid rubies

Fine 18th C. Indian Mughal Katar with inlaid rubies

( ID: id1068 )

A rare 18th C. Mughal katar. This example has a central grip with places for inlaid rubies. Two of the original rubies remain. The blade is finely chiseled and in good condition. The grp is finely overlaid with gold koftgari remaining in good condition and displays an old repair to one of the grip straps. Very likely the katar is made from wootz or watered steel but is in original old polish. Overall length is 17". ...

Fine 19th C. Indonesian Bali Dagger Wedung Ceremonial Knife

Fine 19th C. Indonesian Bali Dagger Wedung Ceremonial Knife

( ID: id1070 )

Quite a fine and rare large example of a Balinese ceremonial dagger in the form of a wedung knife. This example has a finely carved grip that is either buffalo horn or wood, and displays a traditional Balinese Hindu creature at the pommel, and inlaid in brass at the forte of the heavy blade. The handle collar is silver, now heavily darkened.  The blade is very sharp and well made with inlaid silver and brass decoration in the shape of swastikas, a traditional Balinese decorative motif in...

Very rare 18th C. Thailand Narai Hok Spear from Ayutthan Period

Very rare 18th C. Thailand Narai Hok Spear from Ayutthan Period

( ID: cs1066 )

An exceptional Thai spear from the Ayutthayan period, likely 18th C. This example is mounted with a gilded silver and niello inlaid spearhead socket with a hollow ground blade that flares at the tip, a typical Thai feature. The haft is made of a very pleasing style of bamboo, known to be used on these types of spears, and which offers the spearman a very good grip with the characteristic bamboo spherical sections creating natural hand grips. This example also has the original scabbard for the...

Exceptional 19th C. Georgian Kindjal Dagger, chiseled and gilded iron with bulat damascus blade

Exceptional 19th C. Georgian Kindjal Dagger, chiseled and gilded iron with bulat damascus blade

( ID: rd1064 )

A beautiful early 19th C. Georgian kindjal dating to circa 1820-1850.  This superior and exceptional kindjal, represents classic Georgian work, and is made of chiseled steel unlike most other Caucasian work found in chiseled silver, inlaid with niello. The hilt is a single piece of walrus ivory or walrus tusk and shows off the characteristic grain of the inner tusk along the sides of the grip and at the pomme. It is mounted with two prominent iron bosses lavishly overlaid with gold....

Excellent 18th C. Sri Lankan Kastane with beautiful carved grip

Excellent 18th C. Sri Lankan Kastane with beautiful carved grip

( ID: is699 )

KASTANE 18th C, Sri Lanka Blade: Classical kastane with a short curved steel blade, better than the average mediocre quality. Hilt: A nicely decorated dark horn hilt with a monster head pommel. The monster styled quillons the D guard and the langet are all steel. Good age patina on the blade and the grip. Scabbard: Absent Dimensions: Blade (linear length): 20” OAL: 24” Condition: Literature: See Pinchot (2014): Arms of the Paladins, p. 69, fig. 4-24 for a simple, generally u...

Fine early North Indian Kard dagger with kirk narduban wootz blade

Fine early North Indian Kard dagger with kirk narduban wootz blade

( ID: id694 )

KARD with KIRK NARDUBAN BLADE 18th C, North Indian Blade: A kard with a fine watered kirk narduban wootz blade, which is very rare in daggers. Hilt: The handle is en suite silver of fine quality. Scabbard: Original leather covered with en suite matching silver fittings of fine quality. Dimensions: Blade: 7.75” OAL: 12.75” Condition: Literature: While fine examples of kards are widely published in numerous collections, no known published examples exist of silver fittings with...

Superb 18th C. Mughal Zaghnal Axe

Superb 18th C. Mughal Zaghnal Axe

( ID: ia806 )

ZAGHNAL 18th C, Mughal A rare type of battle-axe for mounted warfare, with a lineage tracing back to the Persian and Ottoman axes. This example is substantially weighted overall. The axe blade is beak-shaped (it is believed that zaghnal refers to the shape of a crow beak), and is attached to the axe head via two straps. The heavy rectangular axe head is clad in crystalline wootz panels, and terminates in a flattened ball peen. The haft is steel, with a dome springing from foliated pl...

Superb 18th C. Mughal or Deccan Tabarzin Axe, with a wootz axehead inlaid with precious stones

Superb 18th C. Mughal or Deccan Tabarzin Axe, with a wootz axehead inlaid with precious stones

( ID: ic1063 )

TABARZIN Early 18th C, Mughal or Deccan Saddle axes are Exemplary example of a tabarzin with a beautiful wootz axe head, overlaid with gold koftgari, chiseled with figures of animals, inlaid with precious stones. This example is in the form and style of Lotf Ali, the famous mid 18th century Persian armorer. The V & A Museum in London has an example of an Indian axehead made during this period in the form and style of Lotf Ali.  The quality of manufacture of this example may ind...

17th C. Mughal Indian Jade Wootz Khanjar Dagger, of baluster design, possibly of Chinese origin

17th C. Mughal Indian Jade Wootz Khanjar Dagger, of baluster design, possibly of Chinese origin

( ID: id501 )

KHANJAR with JADE HILT 17th – 18th C, Mughal Jade arts in India reached their zenith during the Mughal period. Some of the finest and most elaborately carved hilts were during this period. Blade: This fine example is mounted with a finely crafted double-edged wootz blade with polished edges, and with an armor-piercing tip. The wootz pattern is streaky, suggesting a classification as sham or Syrian damascus. Apparently, blades made of sham were less esteemed (Figiel, 1991); however, it’s...

From the collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel , Superb 17th C. Mughal Tulwar with kirk narduban laddered watered steel wootz blade

From the collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel , Superb 17th C. Mughal Tulwar with kirk narduban laddered watered steel wootz blade

( ID: is616 )

ROYAL MUGHAL TULWAR (Ex-Figiel Collection) 17th C, Mughal From the collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel (firm provenance provided). Blade: Exceptional and substantial watered steel blade. The large size of 33” and the width of 1 ½” allows the extraordinarily crisp kirk narduban pattern to be seen the length of the blade.  The blade edge exhibits a parallel arrangement of cementite and pearlite aggregates, as seen in the finest Persian blades (e.g., see Figiel 1991, p. 28-29), strongly i...

From the collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel 18th c. Baskethilt tulwar shamshir sword with a kirk narduban laddered wootz blade

From the collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel 18th c. Baskethilt tulwar shamshir sword with a kirk narduban laddered wootz blade

( ID: is612 )

TULWAR with OPEN BASKET HILT (Ex-Figiel Collection) 18th – 19th C (heirloom Indian or Persian blade), possibly Delhi or environs From the collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel (firm provenance provided). Blade: An unusually long and elegant wootz blade exhibits a prominent kirk narduban pattern that is easily visible, with overall complex Damascus pattern of wavy lines and whorls. The quality of the blade suggests that it’s an heirloom that was re-hilted in the 18th/19th C. The sword has two ...

From the collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel, 18th C. Wootz Pesh Kabz Dagger with mother pearl grips

From the collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel, 18th C. Wootz Pesh Kabz Dagger with mother pearl grips

( ID: id584 )

PESH KABZ (Ex-Figiel Collection) 18th C, North India From the collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel (firm provenance provided). Blade: This example has a fine watered steel single-edged blade that has the classical backward curve, with a robust T-spine extending halfway that terminates in unique a decorative element, and a thickened (armor-piercing) tip. Hilt: The hilt is classically shaped, with beak-shaped pommel, and a hinged pommel-tag. The grip scales are mother of pearl, common in wo...

RARE 17th C. Mughal Indian Tulwar

RARE 17th C. Mughal Indian Tulwar

( ID: i419 )

"Tears of the Wounded" TULWAR 17th – 18th C, Rajasthan or Agra A rare sword because of the overall quality of the sword in conjunction with a feature known as Tears of the Wounded. Blade: The broad and substantial single-edged blade, with a false edge, and of a very fine pattern-welded steel. The spine is pierced with 7 narrow channels; the channels are undercut permitting the retention of freely moving steel balls (some of which are still present). When the sword is...

Antique Japanese Muromachi Period 16th C. Tanto Dagger with NBTHK Papers for Osafune Kiyomitsu

Antique Japanese Muromachi Period 16th C. Tanto Dagger with NBTHK Papers for Osafune Kiyomitsu

( ID: jd1050 )

A fine example of a large Muromachi period 16th C. Japanese tanto in aikuchi mounts.  The scabbard is mounted in patterned and checkerboard shark skin; with a copper multi metal kozuka; blade has a straight tempering line with a wide single groove. The tanto has it's original Kicho NBTHK papers attributing the tanto to Osafune Kiyomitsu. The Kiyomitsu group of smiths date to the mid 16th C. and are known for their suguha or straight temper lines, such as this tanto is forged with. Swo...

Exceptional 16th C. German Hand and Half Bastard Sword

Exceptional 16th C. German Hand and Half Bastard Sword

( ID: es1057 )

This example is in very fine condition and dates to circa 1550. The blade is double-edged with a wide shallow fuller on each side approximately half the length of the blade. Further, the upper part of each side of the  blade is very finely and delicately engraved with a central flower, leaves and vines and also with the wolf mark of Solingen inlaid with copper wire. The quillons form an S-curve and each terminal is grooved resembling a paw or fingers. Similar grooves appear on the terminals...

Exceptionally Rare 18th C. Korean Choson or Joseon General's or Prince Sword Byeolwungeom or Nokchiljang wungeom

Exceptionally Rare 18th C. Korean Choson or Joseon General's or Prince Sword Byeolwungeom or Nokchiljang wungeom

( ID: cs1051 )

A beautiful Korean sword dating to the 18th or early 19th C. This example is of typical Korean royal construction and features aesthetic features that indicate the high level of manufacture and ownership of the sword. The scabbard is mounted with a hanging feature in the Korean style which has carved chiseled reptiles or lizards for the notch that fits into the crossguard. The bottom fitting of the scabbard has empty sockets where there were likely precious stones inlaid, similarly as can be see...

Extraordinarily Rare Dated 1747 Imperial Russian Ilya Salischev Pair of Flintlock Pistols

Extraordinarily Rare Dated 1747 Imperial Russian Ilya Salischev Pair of Flintlock Pistols

( ID: rf1062 )

An extraordinary pair of pistols of superb quality.  These are attributed to the import Imperial Russian gunsmith Ilya Salischev. The locks are beautifully chiseled again in the exact typical style of that period, particularly the 1740s, and display the characteristic quality that Salischev put into his guns with hunting scenes, and wonderful carved iron details.  Another distinctive Salischev feature is the partially suspended flashpan, in a miniature lattice of iron, a beautiful f...

Japanese Tanto Dagger, Signed Sadahiro, dated Heisei 11 (1999) with Umabari dagger

Japanese Tanto Dagger, Signed Sadahiro, dated Heisei 11 (1999) with Umabari dagger

( ID: jd1061 )

A beautiful and large Japanese tanto, hand made by the famous maker Sadahiro and dated Heisei 11 for 1999. This is a traditional hand made tanto with an oversized blade, beautifully carved and chiseled by this famous bladesmith. Very fine silver fittings with black same for the grip and fitted with silver dragon menuki.  Superb condition throughout. Overall length is 18", blade is 12".   ...

Rare 16th C. Italian Venetian or Dalmatian Schiavona sword with original scabbard

Rare 16th C. Italian Venetian or Dalmatian Schiavona sword with original scabbard

( ID: es1055 )

A rare find. Most schiavonas are found dating to the period of the 18th C. but this example is of an earlier type likely from the late 16th C. and has the original scabbard, which is almost never found and rarely in fine condition such as on this example.  The distinguishing feature of this type of sword is the hilt each bar of which is carefully forged. The design shows that the aim to provide maximum coverage for the hand while minimizing weight and complexity. The later form of...

Very Fine 17th C. South Indian Chiseled Iron Deccani Katar of exceptional quality, Mughal motifs

Very Fine 17th C. South Indian Chiseled Iron Deccani Katar of exceptional quality, Mughal motifs

( ID: id1053 )

This example is a beautiful representation of a south Indian katar from the Deccan region.  Composed of a single piece of chiseled, carved, and gilded iron, with two grip bars, this katar is a tour de force of Indian iron work and design.  Likely a court presentation piece from one of the Deccani sultanates, the décor comprises carved and pierced floral representations of poppy flowers, a typical Indian motif and found on many Deccan arms from the period.  Unlike most katars from ...