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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...

Spectacular 17th C. Persian, Mamluk or Ottoman gold and silver inlaid metal plate

Spectacular 17th C. Persian, Mamluk or Ottoman gold and silver inlaid metal plate

( ID: ki1059 )

A beautiful piece of the finest level of workmanship. We believe that this is likely a cover for a special Quran box or for the cover of a specially commissioned Quran. It likely dates to the 18th C. or earlier due to the level of quality of the inlay and chiseling work and the use of true gold as opposed to copper or brass for later Mamluke revival pieces. It is a true work of the inlayers art and would be a significant addition to any Islamic art collection. Dimensions are 8" X 4". &n...

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 ...

Very Important 18th C. Korean Choson Joseon Dynasty Prince's or General Helmet of hardened lacquered leather with gilt brass mounts

Very Important 18th C. Korean Choson Joseon Dynasty Prince's or General Helmet of hardened lacquered leather with gilt brass mounts

( ID: ch1052 )

One of the rarest examples of Korean arms and armor that can be acquired. This Korean prince's helmet is of a type found in numerous museum collections around the world, and seldom found in private collections.  The quality of the workmanship is outstanding and rivals the finest Chinese work in the chiseled gilt brass designs on the outside of the helmet, with Buddhist designs of swastikas and traditional Korean animal motifs such as the phoenix bird and the dragons. Examples of this ...

17th C. Indian Hindu Khanjar, with chiseled Trisula hilt and wootz blade

17th C. Indian Hindu Khanjar, with chiseled Trisula hilt and wootz blade

( ID: id1047 )

A fine example of a 17th C. Indian chilanum khanjar of an early style.  The examples dates to the 1670. The hilt has finely designed branching arms, chiseled palmettes and a rhomboid center block. The hilt also bears unusual, unique pierced motifs of a trisula often associated and found on Hindu and Sikh weapons, sometimes in the form of a stamp on a blade and more rarely chiseled and pierced through.  The grip is coverered in delicate gold koftgari in floral design...

Antique 17th C. Mughal Indian Shamshir with Kara Taban Persian Wootz blade

Antique 17th C. Mughal Indian Shamshir with Kara Taban Persian Wootz blade

( ID: is1048 )

A fine example of rare quality, the iron hilt with knucklebow of Delhi form elaborately inlaid with flowering vines in gold with interesting chinoiserie influence which became popular among the Mughals in the latter 17th century. The deeply-curved, single-edged blade of classic form, tapering continuously to the acute tip and forged of superior Kara Taban (brilliant black) Persian wootz damascus steel, with original finish throughout. At the right forte three gold-inlaid cartouches with inscr...

Exceptional 18th C. Hindu Khanda Sword with chiseled Tanjore hilt and wootz blade

Exceptional 18th C. Hindu Khanda Sword with chiseled Tanjore hilt and wootz blade

( ID: is1046 )

A rare 18th C. Indian khanda. This example has a straight 30 inch double edged blade of dark, watered steel having typical reinforcing plates formed with lappet-shaped panels decorated with gold koftgari. Heavy steel hilt of familiar form with pierced languets, robust quillon tips, bilobate guard, broad knucklebow and wheel pommel with long, downturned 'stem', all with pierced beaded rims and decorated with gold koftgari florals. Grip retains the heavily worn red velour covering.  Overal...

Extraordinary 18th C. Presentation Kilich Sword solid silver fittings, early 17th C. Turkish wootz blade

Extraordinary 18th C. Presentation Kilich Sword solid silver fittings, early 17th C. Turkish wootz blade

( ID: is1049 )

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19th C. Spanish Toledo Islamic Moorish Presentation Sword of early Ottoman or Mamluke form

19th C. Spanish Toledo Islamic Moorish Presentation Sword of early Ottoman or Mamluke form

( ID: e103 )

A stunning 19th C.  Toledo made Kilich sword. This example has a magnificent chiseled iron lionhead and elephant head handle of very large and heavy proportions. Made from one solid piece of iron and hand chiseled by master Toledo iron workers the cross guard looks very cool, the Lionhead is also considerably more detailed than any German made Lionhead swords, since this one was chiseled from iron as opposed to cast from brass. The scabbard is completely original to the sword and has matchi...

Extremely Rare Late Ming-Early Qing Dynasty, late 16th-mid 17th C. Brigandine Dingjia Armor Set, Emperor Shunzhi Period 1644-1661

Extremely Rare Late Ming-Early Qing Dynasty, late 16th-mid 17th C. Brigandine Dingjia Armor Set, Emperor Shunzhi Period 1644-1661

( ID: ca1043 )

An exceptionally rare and early Chinese armor with armored plates called a brigandine armor.  This example is similar to an example in the Horniman Museum in the United Kingdom which is dated to the period of Emperor Shunzhi, 1644-1661. Another example in the Beijing Police Museum is dated to the Ming period.  This example is more complete than either and we are comfortable giving it an early dating based on these two museum collections. Chinese armour consisting of a brigandin...

19th C. Ottoman Turkish Kubur Flintlock Pistol of massive proportions

19th C. Ottoman Turkish Kubur Flintlock Pistol of massive proportions

( ID: if1024 )

A fine 19th C. Ottoman Turkish kubur pistol, fully inlaid with silver wire work and a barrel overlaid with silver.  A massive example of 25" in length. ...

Collection of three Persian Luristan daggers Circa 1000-650 B.C.

Collection of three Persian Luristan daggers Circa 1000-650 B.C.

( ID: id1038 )

Luristan bronzes (rarely "Lorestān", "Lorestāni" etc in sources in English) are small cast objects decorated with bronze sculptures from the Early Iron Age which have been found in large numbers in Lorestān Province and Kermanshah in west-central Iran. They include a great number of ornaments, tools, weapons, horse-fittings and a smaller number of vessels including situlae, and those found in recorded excavations are generally found in burials. The ethnicity of the people who crea...

Excellent 18th C. South Indian Deccani Gupti Sword Cane

Excellent 18th C. South Indian Deccani Gupti Sword Cane

( ID: is1027 )

A very fine example of an 18th C. or possibly earlier sword stick of fine large proportions and excellent quality.  The handle is chiseled in the form of a makara demon head of very fine detail.  The blade is a 17th C. European rapier blade as the best examples of these types are normally mounted with. Both the scabbard and handle are made of a form of brass and both scabbard and handle are original to each other and have been together since the original construction, as can be...

Exceptional 19th C. Caucasian Miquelet Rifle mounted in silver with gold zarnishan inlay work

Exceptional 19th C. Caucasian Miquelet Rifle mounted in silver with gold zarnishan inlay work

( ID: if1034 )

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Exceptional 19th C. Indian Mughal  Indo Persian Patterned Ganga Jamni Zirah Mail Shirt

Exceptional 19th C. Indian Mughal Indo Persian Patterned Ganga Jamni Zirah Mail Shirt

( ID: ia1039 )

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Exceptionally Rare 19th C. Korean Choson Joseon Matchlock

Exceptionally Rare 19th C. Korean Choson Joseon Matchlock

( ID: cf1022 )

A very fine Korean matchlock pistol dating to the 19th C. These examples are very rare and are very characteristic with an armory mark at the base of the barrel inlaid in gold or silver and often crudely done compared to similar Japanese work. Many of these pistols were made in Japan and traded to Korea where they would be inlaid with the typical Korean armory or good luck marks at the base of the barrel. It is deeply uncommon to find an example of this type and this one was purchased direct...

Fine 18th C. Dutch or German Flintlock Pistol

Fine 18th C. Dutch or German Flintlock Pistol

( ID: ef1023 )

A graceful 18th C. Dutch or German flintlock pistol, brass mounted with a grotesque butt and finely incised barrel and tiger wood maple carved wooden stock. Overall length is 20". ...

Fine 18th C. Indian Mughal Katar Dagger of Rare Form, wootz watered steel blade

Fine 18th C. Indian Mughal Katar Dagger of Rare Form, wootz watered steel blade

( ID: id1026 )

A rare 18th C. Indian Katar of tiger claw form.  A known type this example has been ascribed to Udaipur by design of koftgari however this piece has a chiseled iron grip more of a southern or central Indian form, possibly Deccani.  Overall the effect is quite pleasing as the deeply curved and thickly armor pirced blade creates a particularly vicious katar dagger. Overall length is 13". ...

Fine 18th C. Indian Mughal Shamshir, excellent condition

Fine 18th C. Indian Mughal Shamshir, excellent condition

( ID: is1020 )

A fine 18th C. Indian Mughal form shamshir of graceful design and curvature.  The blade is curved of dark wootz steel, expertly forged of two different types on each side with a perfectly forged line visible along the spine.  A tour de force of the smith's art and significantly harder to create that one with a solo type of iron. Crossguard of wootz steel with slender languets, faceted fig-shaped quillon tips and decorated with panels of gold koftgari florals and borders frami...

Fine 19th C. Algerian North African Snaphaunce Rifle mounted with corals and silver

Fine 19th C. Algerian North African Snaphaunce Rifle mounted with corals and silver

( ID: if1029 )

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Fine 19th C. Caucasian Northern Persian Azerbaijan Miquelet Rifle with gold koftgari and damascus barrel

Fine 19th C. Caucasian Northern Persian Azerbaijan Miquelet Rifle with gold koftgari and damascus barrel

( ID: if1035 )

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Fine 19th C. Caucasian Russian Inlaid Miquelet Rifle with damascus barrel and silver mounts

Fine 19th C. Caucasian Russian Inlaid Miquelet Rifle with damascus barrel and silver mounts

( ID: if1040 )

A fine 19th C. Caucasian rifle of fine design, beautifully inlaid with mother of pearl, with no losses. The barrel is damascus and overlaid with silver bands. Fine original piece with no restoration and in fine mechanically functional condition. ...

Fine 19th C. Moroccan North African Snaphaunce Miquelet Kabyla or Kabila Rifle

Fine 19th C. Moroccan North African Snaphaunce Miquelet Kabyla or Kabila Rifle

( ID: if1036 )

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Fine 19th C. Ottoman Turkish Miquelet Rifle

Fine 19th C. Ottoman Turkish Miquelet Rifle

( ID: if1030 )

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Model 1898 U.S. American Krag Bayonet Spanish-American War Period 1898-1902

Model 1898 U.S. American Krag Bayonet Spanish-American War Period 1898-1902

( ID: ad1025 )

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Original Antique United States American Civil War period Officers Burgundy cloth Sash

Original Antique United States American Civil War period Officers Burgundy cloth Sash

( ID: aa1028 )

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Rare 18th C. Balkan Ottoman Turkish Miquelet Rifle of Italian 17th C. form

Rare 18th C. Balkan Ottoman Turkish Miquelet Rifle of Italian 17th C. form

( ID: if1032 )

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Rare 19th C. Afghanistan Sind Percussion Rifle with a fine Omani barrel inlaid with a Lapis Lazuli sight

Rare 19th C. Afghanistan Sind Percussion Rifle with a fine Omani barrel inlaid with a Lapis Lazuli sight

( ID: if1037 )

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Rare 19th C. Greek Ottoman or Balkan Kariophili Rifle Carbine with Miqulet lock

Rare 19th C. Greek Ottoman or Balkan Kariophili Rifle Carbine with Miqulet lock

( ID: if1033 )

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Rare 19th C. Joseon Choson Korean Mace Sword Breaker

Rare 19th C. Joseon Choson Korean Mace Sword Breaker

( ID: cs1021 )

A very rare 19th C. Korean made mace in the Japanese style. The grip of brass inlaid with copper and silver and a small bird.  A fine and interesting example, of pleasing size and weight.  The pommel is a silver modeled heart shape. 22" in length ...

Spectacular 18th C. Ottoman Turkish Flintlocks fully veneered in tortoiseshell

Spectacular 18th C. Ottoman Turkish Flintlocks fully veneered in tortoiseshell

( ID: if1041 )

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Antique Rare Ottoman Turkish Bow for archery, Excellent preserved condition, Signed by maker and dated 1824

Antique Rare Ottoman Turkish Bow for archery, Excellent preserved condition, Signed by maker and dated 1824

( ID: ia1018 )

A very rare early 19th C. Ottoman bow from the one of the last periods of great Ottoman bow making.  This example is made in the traditional Ottoman way, through the compound method made of wood and horn, as can be seen in the case of this bow which was left undecorated, with the natural cow horn forming the decorative component. The Turkish bow is the shortest of all the Asian composite bows.  Although the ears  become shorter with time, the differentiating cross-section of th...

Early 19th C. Greek or Ottoman Turkish Silver and Niello Flintlock

Early 19th C. Greek or Ottoman Turkish Silver and Niello Flintlock

( ID: if1016 )

A fine example of an early 19th C. Greek or Ottoman era flintlock pistol. This example is heavy and mounted in solid silver with niello highlights of a fine quality workmanship. The butt displays finely cast and chiseled fluting of very pleasing design.   The pistol is of the period of the Greek War of Independence and was likely used during that time period. Barrel has inset stamps that are likely indications of Italian 18th C. manufacture. Overall length is 15". ...

Fine Philippines 19th C. Talibon Sword, Sword of Christian Tribes of North Philippines

Fine Philippines 19th C. Talibon Sword, Sword of Christian Tribes of North Philippines

( ID: ks1019 )

The Talibon sword is the primary sword of the Christian tribes of northern Philippines. The heavy and very sharp blade has a beveled edged witha  thick spine. The original carved wooden handle is wrapped with cane, and the wooden scabbard has the original hanging cloth as well with a Chinese coin. This sword is characterized by the floral style pommel and was the favored weapon of the Dios-Dios cult, also known as the Pulajanes. A fine condition and original battle sword. Ov...

Rare Full 19th C. Qajar Persian Armor Set with Char Aina, Helmet, Bazuband (armguard), and Shield

Rare Full 19th C. Qajar Persian Armor Set with Char Aina, Helmet, Bazuband (armguard), and Shield

( ID: ia1017 )

A fine set of 19th C. Persian Qajar period armor. This set features the usual helmet, shield, and bazuband, but also has the original and beautiful crafted char aina, or four mirrors, in the rare fitted armor set, and actually composed of five parts, with the two front halves closing in the middle with a thing wire that goes the length and claps them in place. The metal on all four components is etched and overlaid with silvert koftgari, with close to matching designs on the helmet, bazuband,...

Late 18th C. Indian Mughal Bichwa Dagger Gilded Copper  grip with original scabbard

Late 18th C. Indian Mughal Bichwa Dagger Gilded Copper grip with original scabbard

( ID: id1014 )

A fine late 18th c.  Indian bichwa dagger, or Scorpion dagger, with double blades and the original gilt gopper engraved copper mounted scabbard, mounted in the Oudh or Sindh style. Normally found with less aesthetic appeal, this bichwa is finely crafted with a gilded copper grip surmounted with a small finial cap.  The double blades are in fine untouched condition with some age darkening provided a nice contrast to the gilt copper grip.   Overall length is 12 1/2". ...

Rare 18th C. Qianlong Chinese Bow, marked to period of the Qianlong Emperor

Rare 18th C. Qianlong Chinese Bow, marked to period of the Qianlong Emperor

( ID: ca1015 )

A fine example of a rare 18th C. Chinese bow. This example is made of horn and birch wood, covered in birch bark and painted with lacquer and especially most interesting is the paint of tiger stripes.  It has various design features that are associated with earlier bows, namely: 1. All decoration follows straight lines, comparable to what are fangshi or "angular style" on saber fittings. 2. Ears are of angular cross-section, with the analogy to saber scabbard and handle ...

Superb 19th C. Persian Woozt Tabar Axe with inlaid pearls and garnet stones

Superb 19th C. Persian Woozt Tabar Axe with inlaid pearls and garnet stones

( ID: ia1013 )

A very fine Persian axe dating to the early to mid 19th c.  The large, crescent-shaped head is forged of Persian Karakhorassan black wootz damascus steel, with finely chiseled Arabic inscriptions to each side, the block worked with a birds, the surmount with further Arabic inscription. The end mounts are embossed with flowers in diaper patterns, while the grip and finial are wrought of silver, grip with profiles of six princes engraved among flowering vines, the cap engraved in...

19th C. Chinese Taoist Shuangjian Swords with Bagua or Trigram Pommel

19th C. Chinese Taoist Shuangjian Swords with Bagua or Trigram Pommel

( ID: cs1011 )

An exceptional pair of Chinese swords, dating to the mid 19th C. This pair, or shuangjian, features various design elements that can be attributed to a Taoist follower, particularly the Trigram or Bagua pommel. The bagua (Chinese: 八卦; literally: "eight symbols") are eight trigrams used in Taoist cosmology to represent the fundamental principles of reality, seen as a range of eight interrelated concepts. Each consists of three lines, each line either "broken" or "unbroken," representing yin or...

Exceptional 18th C. Safavid or Early Qajar Persian Khulah Khud Helmet Armor of watered steel or wootz

Exceptional 18th C. Safavid or Early Qajar Persian Khulah Khud Helmet Armor of watered steel or wootz

( ID: ia1012 )

A beautiful example of the Persian armor smiths art. This is one of the finer Persian khulah khud we've owned and dates to an earlier period in Persian history than most Qajar era examples.  The heavy and true siege weight bowl is made of vivid watered steel or wootz, which can clearly be seen in between the finely chiseled floral arabesque designs.  The lower quarter of the bowl is an applied rim of chiseled iron, a form of construction seen on the best quality Persian khulah khuds, w...

Exceptional Indian Hindu 19th C. Tulwar Sword Shamshir for Rajastani Royalty, Ganesh Head inlaid with precious stones

Exceptional Indian Hindu 19th C. Tulwar Sword Shamshir for Rajastani Royalty, Ganesh Head inlaid with precious stones

( ID: is1010 )

A well known type, this is the finest example we've seen on the market in the past several years, and follows a form of hilt that can be seen in the Louvre Museum in France. This style of hilt was popular in the 19th C. and later as well and varying levels of quality hilts are known. However this is the finest of this type that we've had the pleasure to handle.  The hilt is formed of gilt copper chased with floral designs.  The sculptural workmanship of the Ganesh head  ...

Napoleonic Wars Early 19th C. Scottish Infantry Officer's Baskethilt Broadsword

Napoleonic Wars Early 19th C. Scottish Infantry Officer's Baskethilt Broadsword

( ID: es1008 )

A fine example of a late 18th C. to early 19th C. Scottish military officer's basket hilt sword of the period of the Napoleonic Wars between France, Great Britain (consitited of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland), and the united Allied armies of the continent. Finely crafted nickel basket hilt with wire bound sharkskin grip and red felt and wash leather liner.  Sword is tight with no shaking and constitutes a fine historical artifact. See "Scottish Swords and Dirks" by J. Wallace (Pla...

Superb 19th C. Ottoman European Shamshir Sword with agate grip and inlaid gemstones of garnet and turquoise

Superb 19th C. Ottoman European Shamshir Sword with agate grip and inlaid gemstones of garnet and turquoise

( ID: es1009 )

A fine 19th C. sword in the Imperial Ottoman style. Possibly of French or Eastern European origin. This is a fine large sword, tight and in superb original condition. The grip is made of two cloudy agate grips scales, faceted in the Ottoman 18th-19th C. manner, and inlaid with brass gilt brass settings with turqoise stone. The crossguard is finely crafted of chiseled gilded brass and inlaid with garnets and turquoise stones, ensuite with the scabbard, also mounted in brass with inset stones, now...

Fine 19th C. Pair of Ottoman Turkish or Greek Flintlock Miquelet lock Pistols

Fine 19th C. Pair of Ottoman Turkish or Greek Flintlock Miquelet lock Pistols

( ID: if1002 )

A fine pair of Ottoman Balkan or Greek miquelet pistols.  This pair is completely matching and in superb condition. The stocks are made of carved and chiseled silver that remains in nearly 99% condition with no identifiable losses.   The barrels and miquelet mechanisms remain bright and in original condition.  The barrels also have silver inlaid decoration of a fine design with a pseudo inscription as can be found on many of the Greek made pistols. Overall lengths are 22" ...

Finest 18th C. Ottoman Turkish Court Dagger Bodezi, inlaid with coral and wootz blade

Finest 18th C. Ottoman Turkish Court Dagger Bodezi, inlaid with coral and wootz blade

( ID: id1005 )

The finest example of an Ottoman court dagger we've owned.  This example is in basically perfect condition with almost no losses of any type and the original silver gilt coral mounted scabbard in addition to the original Ottoman silver thread. Dates to the early to mid 18th C. The blade is very finely chiseled at the base and displays a fine wootz pattern.  The handle and blade are tight with no shaking and the scabbard fits perfectly.  The tangband is set with 24 carved flu...

19th C. Egyptian Khedive "Ironmen" Helmet Khulah Khud

19th C. Egyptian Khedive "Ironmen" Helmet Khulah Khud

( ID: ia999 )

A good example of a battle helmet worn by Egyptian forces in the mid 19th C. This type was made in Birmingham England, for the bodyguard of the Khedive of Egypt, known as the Zirkhagi (Iron Men).  In some cases Sudanese irregulars under the Mahdi captured these helmets and adapted them for their own cloth armors, and today some can be seen paired with Sudanese armor. This example is in fine condition with the original chainmail camail and with nasal.   ...

19th C. Ottoman Turkish Agate Bichaq Dagger with gold and ruby inlays

19th C. Ottoman Turkish Agate Bichaq Dagger with gold and ruby inlays

( ID: id997 )

A 19th C. Ottoman Turkish agate hilted dagger with the original scabbard and much gold remaining in the hardstone grip.  These are a type of Turkish dagger known from the 19th C. but their origin and the type of stone a mystery though it is likely a form of agate.  This example has a two piece stone grip with gold zarnishan inlays and small rubies inlaid as well, with a bird figural pommel.  The blade is a type of sham wootz. Overall length is 11". ...

Antique 19th C. Persian Qajar Period Wootz Kard Dagger

Antique 19th C. Persian Qajar Period Wootz Kard Dagger

( ID: id996 )

A good example of a 19th c. Qajar period Persian kard. The blade is of the form with a hemispherical ricasso that forms into the bolsters.  The grip scales are made of bone with a silver strap near the blade. Overall length is 13". ...

Fine 19th C. Mughal Rajastani Indian Pesh Kabz with inlaid stones

Fine 19th C. Mughal Rajastani Indian Pesh Kabz with inlaid stones

( ID: id1001 )

A fine large 19th C. Indian pesh kabz. This example is mounted with hardstone grip scales of cream color and fine heavy weight, which are inlaid with gold or gilded copper kundun work with stone inlays of various colors.  The handle bolster is iron with remains of gold koftgari, and the blade is Indian wootz, now somewhat obscured from age. The scabbard is finely constructed with a timber core, covered in red leather, and with a delicately chiseled silver frame, with peacock designs...

Rare 16-17th C. Tibetan Helmet with original Chinese silk brocade textile

Rare 16-17th C. Tibetan Helmet with original Chinese silk brocade textile

( ID: ca1000 )

A wonderful 16-17th C. or earlier Tibetan helmet of known form that has retained its original brocade silk ear and neck coverings which have remained in vivid and beautiful condition, with few losses or tears. The helmet is composed of eight plates that would have originally been wound with leather thongs, however in the working life of the helmet the plates have been secured with iron to prevent shifting and movement, and likely after the leather straps would have worn away.  The helmet...