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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...

Rare 18th C. Central Indian Battle Axe Bulova  with thick silver overlay

Rare 18th C. Central Indian Battle Axe Bulova with thick silver overlay

( ID: ia998 )

A fine and quite rare large Indian battle axe, or a form of bulova, likely from Central India taking it's form from the tribal weapons of the south central Deccan but of much finer construction.  This example is mounted on a rosewood haft of heavy dimensions, which could itself be used as a weapon, and with two silver caps on either end. The axehead is large and heavy of fine form with detailed chiseleing on the counterpunch, and with thick overlaid silver, then chiseled with designs, over ...

19th C. Southern Philippines Moro Kris sword

19th C. Southern Philippines Moro Kris sword

( ID: os993 )

A good example of a late 19th C. southern Philippines or Moro kris sword of fine large proportions. The blade is straight and the entire example is fresh from an untouched collection of Philippines swords.  The scabbard is missing a small piece near the ricasso and the rattan is loose but overall the sword is tight and the pommel is an interesting rounded type less common than the cockatoo style found on most examples.  The blade also displays tell tale signs of lamination and could be...

Fine 16th C. Northern Italian European Battle Axe with grotesque or Mannerist axehead with chiseled iron dolphin and tigerhead design

Fine 16th C. Northern Italian European Battle Axe with grotesque or Mannerist axehead with chiseled iron dolphin and tigerhead design

( ID: ea989 )

A very fine example of a 16th C. European battle axe, almost certainly from Northern Italy, likely Florence or Milanese workmanship. This example is in two pieces with a wooden core and a metal haft. The axe head is finely crafted with twin dolphin designs on the axehead, one of which is now slightly obscured through sharpening over time, and with spike forged with a tigershead at the base.  The metal displays fine original age and is in good condition for it's period.  The designs are...

Fine 19th C. Chinese Qing Ching Dynasty Officers Broadsword or saber Niuweidao

Fine 19th C. Chinese Qing Ching Dynasty Officers Broadsword or saber Niuweidao

( ID: cs990 )

A fine example of a Qing Dynasty officers broadsword of large and impressive proportions. This example is mounted with finely chiseled and detailed matching brass mounts, white tinted sharkskin covered scabbard and textile wrapped handle.  The blade is finely made with a heavily chiseled fullered designs indicative of earlier Persian influenced blades and with copper inserts between the fullers.   At the base of the blade is a chiseled dragon on both sides.  Condition is v...

Fine 19th C. Napoelonic French Naval Officers Dagger or Dirk

Fine 19th C. Napoelonic French Naval Officers Dagger or Dirk

( ID: ed991 )

A fine example of a 19th C. French officers or NCO's naval dagger or dirk. This example is mounted with a fine and razor sharp double edged blade of tapering quadrangular cross section, with a razor sharp cutout circles at the ricasso for cutting rope or cord on a vessel.  The crossguard is in the form of an anchor and the pommel is brass and fully original to the dagger.  Similar in design and shape to a finer example we have in this section, # ED538.   Dates to 1800-1840. ...

Superb 18th C. Spanish Miquelet Pistol by maker Joan Deop

Superb 18th C. Spanish Miquelet Pistol by maker Joan Deop

( ID: ef992 )

Deop was Ripoll`s first family of gunsmiths. They supposedly immigrated from Germany in the mid sixteenth century, and were still manufacturing gun locks well into the nineteenth century. The size and long history of this family contributes to the confusion when trying to identify an individual maker though this example is clearly signed Joan Deop. He is known to have made another pistol now currently in the Collectton of the Porte de Hal in Brussels and is noted as having made a lock in 17...

Superb Mughal Chainmail Iron and Brass pattern shirt with original cloth textile with poppy designs

Superb Mughal Chainmail Iron and Brass pattern shirt with original cloth textile with poppy designs

( ID: ia994 )

A very fine example of an 18th -early 19th C. Indian Mughal chainmail shirt in fine original condition, with a few later brass link repairs. The shirt is made of both brass and iron butted links with the original thick textile neck protector.  This is a rare find as the textile has survived fully intact with the original green velvet lining and only some fading on the outer silk poppy design.  The sleeves are cut in three-quarters length with v-shaped cuffs. Especially fine and interes...

17th C. Deccan or Mughal Indian Khulah Khud

17th C. Deccan or Mughal Indian Khulah Khud

( ID: ia979 )

A wonderful 17th C. Indian helmet with a chainmail coif and gold koftgari overlays of fine condition. The bowl is chiseled with a mihrab shape design. ...

Beautiful 19th Indian Dagger with spearpoint wootz blade

Beautiful 19th Indian Dagger with spearpoint wootz blade

( ID: id982 )

An important 19th C. Indian dagger with a carved handle in the form of a Durga goddess. Some of the finest Indian carving we've seen on an Indian dagger. ...

Fine 19th C. Indian Bagh Nakh Tiger Claw Dagger

Fine 19th C. Indian Bagh Nakh Tiger Claw Dagger

( ID: id983 )

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Fine Antique European or Polish War Hammer

Fine Antique European or Polish War Hammer

( ID: ea978 )

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Fine early 20th C. Nationalist Wuchang Period Chinese General's or High Officers Sword

Fine early 20th C. Nationalist Wuchang Period Chinese General's or High Officers Sword

( ID: cs986 )

A very rare early 20th C. Chinese Officers or Generals sword, Japanese made, with a very fine, heavy, and sharp blade with an etched hamon pattern.  The handle displays the flag and symbol of the the Iron Blood 18-star symbol of the Wuchang Uprising.  The Wuchang period lasted from 1912-1928 and was a tumultuous period in Chinese history.  This sword would have belonged to a high officer or General in the Wuchang army.  The handle is veneered with tortoiseshell and is ve...

Rare 19th C. Arabian Shamshir with wootz blade and fittings, and solid silver scabbard

Rare 19th C. Arabian Shamshir with wootz blade and fittings, and solid silver scabbard

( ID: is987 )

A quite rare early 19th C. Arabian or Yemeni shamshir with a very fine wootz blade, crossguard and scabbard fittings.  The scabbard is solid silver mounted with chiseled designs and with silver point work that recall certain Yemeni jambiyas. The blade displays a fine Persian wootz pattern throughout and has almost no signficant pitting or age darkening. A fine condition blade. Very fine overall condition and overall length of 38". ...

Rare 19th C. Moroccan Flintlock Pistol

Rare 19th C. Moroccan Flintlock Pistol

( ID: if981 )

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Spectacular 19th C. Burmese or Yunnanese Chinese Dha Sword

Spectacular 19th C. Burmese or Yunnanese Chinese Dha Sword

( ID: cs980 )

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Superb 19th C. Russian Silver Mounted Caucasian Miquelet

Superb 19th C. Russian Silver Mounted Caucasian Miquelet

( ID: rf977 )

A superb condition mid 19th C. caucasian miquelet pistol. Silver and niello engraved mounted with perfect condition gold koftgari. ...

Superb early 20th C. Japanese Red Cross Officials Dagger Dirk with signed handmade blade

Superb early 20th C. Japanese Red Cross Officials Dagger Dirk with signed handmade blade

( ID: jd984 )

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WWI German Prussian Naval Dagger Dirk

WWI German Prussian Naval Dagger Dirk

( ID: ed985 )

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Fine 19th C. Indian Ankus Goad with gold and silver koftgari and rolling ball inserts

Fine 19th C. Indian Ankus Goad with gold and silver koftgari and rolling ball inserts

( ID: ia974 )

ANKUS 19th  C, North India A fine and beautigully crafted ankus or goad crafted of finely chisled iron, with gold and silver koftgari designs in nearly perfect condition. This is a well known type and can be found in numerous museum collections, usually of similar design and always high craftsmanship.   23" long Literature: Near-identical example in in Hales (2013) Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour, p. 335/ no. 810. See Christies Sale 5270, Lot 39. See National Army Muse...

19th C. Victorian English British Officers Sword Model 1822

19th C. Victorian English British Officers Sword Model 1822

( ID: es973 )

A fine example of a model 1822 officers sword. This example has a brass hilt and a finely etched blade with an iron scabbard.  the handle is covered in galuchat or sharkskin.   ...

Antique 18th C. Japanese Wakizashi in Shirasaya fully signed

Antique 18th C. Japanese Wakizashi in Shirasaya fully signed

( ID: js967 )

A fine 18th C. Japanese wakizashi with a strong and clean blade displaying a vivid hamon with nie and nio components.  The shirasaya appears to be original but is slightly loose from dry handling conditions.  Otherwise overall condition is very nice. Overall length is 35", blade is 22". ...

Antique 19th C. Japanese Wakizashi, signed with royal Chrysanthemum mark

Antique 19th C. Japanese Wakizashi, signed with royal Chrysanthemum mark

( ID: js968 )

A fine example of a Japanese wakizashi dating to likely from the 19thC. The blade has seen better days and has several flaws, but displays a rich hamon and the tang is stamped with the Imperial Chrysanthemum marking along with a signature. Overall length is 30", blade has a 20.5" cutting edge. ...

Excellent Condition Victorian 19th C. Scottish Officers Sword, made by Firmin

Excellent Condition Victorian 19th C. Scottish Officers Sword, made by Firmin

( ID: es971 )

Beautiful and original condition 19th C. Queen Victoria era Scottish officers claymore made by A. Firmin.  Etching is perfect. ...

Exquisite 19th C. Victorian Era General's Sword Model 1822 made by Prosser

Exquisite 19th C. Victorian Era General's Sword Model 1822 made by Prosser

( ID: es972 )

A beautiful condition Model 1822 English General's or high ranking officer sword. This example has a deeply mercurized gilded hilt pierced with the monogram of Question Victoria, VR.  The sword is maker marked to Prosser and the etching on the blade is in perfect condition and of superb quality. ...

Fine 19th C. English Victorian Officer Sword in nearly perfect condition

Fine 19th C. English Victorian Officer Sword in nearly perfect condition

( ID: es970 )

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Fine 19th C. Japanese Katana Sword

Fine 19th C. Japanese Katana Sword

( ID: js966 )

A fine 19th C. Japanese katana sword, with matching mounts of chiseled and deeply patinated brass of feathered form with roosters as the menuki.  The blade is in nice condition with a visible hamon, and one very small chip in the cutting edge, and displays the proportions of an earlier blade, but we date this conservatively to the 19th c. Overall length is 37", blade has a 25" cutting edge. ...

Fine 19th C. Ottoman Turkish Khanjar with ribbed blade with gold koftgari

Fine 19th C. Ottoman Turkish Khanjar with ribbed blade with gold koftgari

( ID: id962 )

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Late 19th C. Japanese Showa Period Tachi Sword, signed

Late 19th C. Japanese Showa Period Tachi Sword, signed

( ID: js964 )

A fine example of a late 19th C. Japanese tachi sword, without the tsuka or crossguard.  This example has the original scabbard finely lacquered in reddish gold maki-e, with the original hanging fittings.  The blade is in fine condition with hamon clearly visible.  length is 27", overall length is 37". ...

Massive 19th c. Mughal or North Indian Broadsword shamshir with watered steel wootz blade and bowenite grips

Massive 19th c. Mughal or North Indian Broadsword shamshir with watered steel wootz blade and bowenite grips

( ID: is965 )

A fine and large sword of an uncommon type. This example is mounted with "faux jade" or bowenite grip scale, and a large and wide watered steel wootz blade, displaying the darkened hardened edge typical of Persian wootz, though this blade displays both crystalline Indian structure and areas of Persianate work, implying it was made by skilled smith in Northwest India.  The crossguard is interesting and in the European style with mother of pearl inlays and red lac eyes.  Overall conditio...

Rare World War Two Japanese Naval Officers Set of a Dress Sword and Dress Dagger or dirk

Rare World War Two Japanese Naval Officers Set of a Dress Sword and Dress Dagger or dirk

( ID: js963 )

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Wonderful 18th C. Indian Lahori Wootz Watered Steel Axe or Tabar

Wonderful 18th C. Indian Lahori Wootz Watered Steel Axe or Tabar

( ID: ia961 )

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19th C. German Artillery Sword

19th C. German Artillery Sword

( ID: es958 )

A good example of a 19th C. German Artillery soldiers sword. This example follows a typical 19th C. pattern with a cast brass handle with ribbed grip.  The blade is single fullered. The handle is stamped with unit marks written in the typical German states manner. Likely dates from 1840-1860. Overall length is 33". ...

19th C. Persian Chiseled Qajar Kilich Pala Sword

19th C. Persian Chiseled Qajar Kilich Pala Sword

( ID: is955 )

A very fine and uncommon 19th C. Qajar Persian kilich.  This example has a finely gold overlaid koftgari blade with a chiseled grip with gold koftgari designs in the floral style typical of the early 19th C. The blade is finely fullered and has a strong yelman false edge and is possibly watered steel wootz.  The condition is excellent and completely tight overall. Overall length is 37", blade is 31:. ...

Fine 18th C. Antique Persian Safavid Watered Steel Wootz Shamshir Sword

Fine 18th C. Antique Persian Safavid Watered Steel Wootz Shamshir Sword

( ID: is952 )

A very fine 18th Persian Safavid era shamshir. This example is fitted with a beautiful Persian wootz blade displaying the original gold inlaid cartouche, possibly noted as Assadullah. The blade has fine top level fullers along its length on both sides and displays a very rich wootz pattern throughout. The grip scales are bone and the crossguard also displays a watered steel wootz pattern.  Completely tight and original condition. Overall length is 38", blade is 33". ...

Fine 19th C. Indian Hindu Khulah Khud Helmet

Fine 19th C. Indian Hindu Khulah Khud Helmet

( ID: ia956 )

A fine 19th C. Indian khulah khud helmet with a stamped Devanagari armory mark number.  The extra attachment of patterned ganga jamun chainmail is likely later to the helmet. The nasal fits up with an interesting design of a small spring-like protrusion of steel from the nasal. The design reminds one of earlier Bikaner armory work but is certainly of the 19th C. though the weight and construction are indicative of a helmet that could withstand serious use. ...

Finest 19th C. North Indian Karud Sword, wootz blade, gold inlaid with silver fittings

Finest 19th C. North Indian Karud Sword, wootz blade, gold inlaid with silver fittings

( ID: is954 )

Without question one of the finest examples of a North Indian or Afghan karud sword that we've encountered. Every part of the sword is of the finest quality. The sword fits comfortably into the leather and silver mounted scabbard. The scabbard fittings are very finely chased silver with a darkened patina but with the designs clearly visible. The grip is finely aged with a beautiful patina and the metal grip band is of finely patterened Persian wootz. The bolsters display one of the strongest ...

Rare 19th C. Pair of Vietnamese Dao swords

Rare 19th C. Pair of Vietnamese Dao swords

( ID: cs953 )

A rare paired example daos. This pair was likely either made in the style of polearm blade or are polearms that were modified to be used as swords. The blades are thick with a fine taper, and one seems to display a damascus pattern. The crossguard are similar but different in shape as are the handles.  Dates to the 19th C. or earlier.  Overall length 29", with 22" blade 1/4" thick at the ricasso.  A very fine and true fighting pair. ...