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Excellent 19th C. Caucasian Shashka by Mudunov

Excellent 19th C. Caucasian Shashka by Mudunov

( ID: rs681 )

A really fine example of these rare swords. This example is mounted with a finely carved grip and mounted with a silver and niello decorated crossguard. The blade is a superlative example of a deep curve and finely etched with the name of Mudunov and stamped with his maker name stamp.  Dates from the mid to late 19th C.        ...

Fantastic 19th C. Udaipur style Indian tegha tulwar sword

Fantastic 19th C. Udaipur style Indian tegha tulwar sword

( ID: is683 )

A truly fantastic antique 19th C. example with a beautiful gold koftgari handle with matching scabbard mounts. The inside of the pommel shows a chiseled off space which is where there would have been a Devangari inscription. Likely the sword was picked up by a Muslim warrior who was offended by the Hindu script and inscription.  Otherwise the sword is in excellent condition with nearly no koftgari lossses.  The large heavy tegha style blade is a work of the smith's art made with a...

Fantastic Early Ottoman Dagger, likely 18th C. wootz and encrusted gold blade

Fantastic Early Ottoman Dagger, likely 18th C. wootz and encrusted gold blade

( ID: id678 )

A beautiful 18th C. Ottoman Turkish of kindjal shape. This example has a solid grip of fine age, with a finely formed large wootz blade with a medial ridge on both side. The ricasso of the blade on both sides is chiseled with gold koftgari overlaid, with numerous Q'uranic verses and imprecations.  The scabbard is from a kindjal and is later, but fits well and was originally with the dagger. Overall length - 19" Blade - 13 3/4"     ...

Fine 19th C. Moroccan Nimcha Sword

Fine 19th C. Moroccan Nimcha Sword

( ID: is682 )

A very fine example of a 19th C. Moroccan Nimcha, with an excellent and large carved grip of a rich fibrous grain. ...

Gorgeous 19th C. Ottoman Turkish Kilich Pala Sword with profusely gold decorated damascus blade

Gorgeous 19th C. Ottoman Turkish Kilich Pala Sword with profusely gold decorated damascus blade

( ID: ia680 )

 An exceptional example of the most sought after Turkish sword. This pala or kilich sword is an excellent example with a damascus blade and profusely decorated with gold koftgari designs.  There are numerous designs throughout including various inscriptions including Q'uranic verses and the name of the maker.  The handle is of two horn scales and includes two iron plates inlaid into the horn grips and overlaid in gold koftgari.  A truly excellent example. ...

Rare 17th C. Ottoman Turkish Dagger with silver gilt scabbard

Rare 17th C. Ottoman Turkish Dagger with silver gilt scabbard

( ID: id673 )

Very rare late 17th C. Battle of Vienna period Ottoman Turkish dagger. This example is of the period mid 17th c. to early 18th c. The characteristic faceted handle is beautifully aged with the exact color and shape of similar examples to be found numerous references.  The scabbard is of the characteristic shape and design with chiseled silver and then gilded designs overlaid onto the silver. The blade is an excellent example of this type with gold koftgari writing and designs on the ri...

Rare antique 19th C. Ethiopian Sword or Dagger

Rare antique 19th C. Ethiopian Sword or Dagger

( ID: is675 )

A very fine antique Ethiopian sword with an interesting shaped blade, razor sharp, and the original scabbard.  The handle is large and formed of two carved pieces, with a fine silver pommel cap. ...

Very fine 19th C. Sri Lankan Piha Kaetta or Piha Kahetta with carved grip

Very fine 19th C. Sri Lankan Piha Kaetta or Piha Kahetta with carved grip

( ID: id679 )

A very nice example of an early Sri Lankan Piha Kahetta dagger. These Sinhalese daggers were of varying quality. This example has a very finely carved grip mounted in silver. The silver pommel cap is slightly loose.  The blade is heavy iron construction chiseled and displaying the deep patina characteristic of Sri Lankan pia kaetta. Overall solid and tight. ...

Wonderful 19th C. Bukharan Persian Kard with Turqoise and Niello Silver mounts

Wonderful 19th C. Bukharan Persian Kard with Turqoise and Niello Silver mounts

( ID: id676 )

An excellent and large 19th C. Bukharan or Persian kard.  The blade is of very finely forge Persian wootz, with excellent contrast throughout.The original scabbard is made of tooled leather with a silver chape, and remains in good condition. Overall -18.5" Dagger 16" Blade - 10.5" A very pleasing dagger of large size and pleasant feel in hand. ...

Magnificent 72" Japanese Temple Sword late 19th C, Made for the Imperial Shrine at Yasukuni by Ichiryu sai Toshitura

Magnificent 72" Japanese Temple Sword late 19th C, Made for the Imperial Shrine at Yasukuni by Ichiryu sai Toshitura

( ID: js438 )

By far one of the largest examples of this kind of sword and leaps and bounds in terms of quality from any similar pieces ever offered for sale. The entire sword is made from bone with 80% bone and is signed by a well known Japanese carver Toshimitsu who can be found listed as a well know Japanese carver Ichiryu sai/Toshitura in Ivory and the elephant in art,in archaeology and in science by George Kunz published in 1911, he is listed on page 511. The sword is in good condition and w...

19th C. Chinese Qing Period Army Officers Sword with Fangshi fittings

19th C. Chinese Qing Period Army Officers Sword with Fangshi fittings

( ID: cs669 )

A nice example of a 19th C. Qing officers sword. This is a much more uncommon type with angular fangshi fittings, and with original grip wrap. The fittings are very finely chased and repoussed with images of dragons chasing the pearl and other motifs.  The balde is clean and true with no bends, and in very nice condition. Overall length is 23 1/4", blade is 17 1/4". ...

Antique Ottoman Turkish 19th C. Kard with agate handle and gold inlays

Antique Ottoman Turkish 19th C. Kard with agate handle and gold inlays

( ID: id667 )

A fine example of an antique Ottoman dagger, aesthetically similar to a kard and from that same family of weapons. This example has a nicely formed agate handle with inlaid gold tendrils similar to those on older Turkish pieces. The original green velvet covered scabbard fits nicely as well.  The blade is made of wootz with a visible pattern and remains of gold and silver koftgari at the base. ...

Excellent Antique Indian Shikargar Hunting Shamshir with fine damascus blade

Excellent Antique Indian Shikargar Hunting Shamshir with fine damascus blade

( ID: is671 )

A very fine example of these types of rare swords. This example has a finely crafted damascus pattern welded blade carved with animal and hunting scenes. It has the original scabbard with heavy silver fittings.  Dates from the late 18th c- early 19th C.     ...

Excellent quality 18th C. All Steel Wootz Indian Bikaner Katar

Excellent quality 18th C. All Steel Wootz Indian Bikaner Katar

( ID: id665 )

A premier example of an 18th C. Bikaner armory katar dagger with a finely chiseled and finished wootz blade and a very well crafted cloth covered wood scabbard. Beautiful proportions and an elegant design. Overall length is 18", blade is 8 1/2".   ...

Excellent quality antique Qajar Period Wootz Persian Shield Sipar Dhal

Excellent quality antique Qajar Period Wootz Persian Shield Sipar Dhal

( ID: ia666 )

A beautifully made example of a late 18th C.- early 19th C. Persian shield. This example is two piece with very finely carved surfaces overlaid in gold and with silver koftgari along the rim over the inscriptions.  The iron is wootz or watered steel some of the design which can be seen in the empty spaces.  Certainly this example could benefit from a cleaning. Fine quality for this type of shield. Diameter is 18". ...

Fine 19th C. Chinese Qing Dynasty Army Sword

Fine 19th C. Chinese Qing Dynasty Army Sword

( ID: cs668 )

A good example of this type of sword. This example is completely original with all matching fittings and in untouched condition.  The cord wrapped handle is in good condition, with thick finely aged brass fittings which provide a good counterbalance to the heavy damascus blade. The blade displays a slight pattern which can be seen in the photographs but which needs a cleaning to be brought out.  The scabbard is covered in sharkskin and in good condition. Overall length is 33.5", bla...

From the collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel , a beautiful18th C. Indian shamshir with kirk narduban blade

From the collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel , a beautiful18th C. Indian shamshir with kirk narduban blade

( ID: is670 )

From the renowned collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel. This example was purchased from a sale of the individual who purchased this and several other items now available on our site, directly from Dr. Figiel. Dr. Figiel, the well known author of “On Damascus Steel”, the classic 1992 reference work featuring stunning examples of watered steel, and much of which came up for sale in 1998. The pieces we feature were purchased and sold before the reference work was published and therefore do not feature i...

99% condition WWII Japanese Formosa Taiwan Naval Officer Sword

99% condition WWII Japanese Formosa Taiwan Naval Officer Sword

( ID: js663 )

A truly beautiful and high end example of these rare swords. This is the best example of this type that I've encountered and is in basically perfect condition with 99% of the gilding remaining, the blade in 99% original polish condition. The same on the handle and the polished rayskin on the scabbard also in excellent condition. Nearly impossible to get a better example. Overall length is 33 1/2", blade is 27". ...

Fine 19th C. Ottoman Turkish or Syrian Shamshir with gold inlaid sham wootz blade

Fine 19th C. Ottoman Turkish or Syrian Shamshir with gold inlaid sham wootz blade

( ID: is662 )

A finely crafted 19th C. Turkish shamshir with a nicely gold inlaid blade with a long detailed inscription. The blade is sham wootz and very clean. The wootz pattern can be seen throughout the blade. The hilt is very nice translucent horn, and the fittings are silver overlaid iron and all en suite, the scabbard has a small piece of wood missing from the forte area of the blade near the middle, but is completely structurally solid. A nice example of this type of sword. Overall length is ...

Magnificent 19th C. Gold Inlaid Dagestan Caucasian Kindjal with belt

Magnificent 19th C. Gold Inlaid Dagestan Caucasian Kindjal with belt

( ID: rd664 )

A beautiful 19th C. Dagestan kindjal with wonderful gold inlaid belt.This gorgeous example has a wonderfully gold inlaid handle and scabbard mounts with true zarneesh or true gold inlay work. The gold is then chiseled over  with fine design. The belt is made of the same type of work with an inscription in Arabic on the obverse side of the metal piece that slides through the buckle.  Blade is signed by the maker, and the scabbard has the two original and finely crafted side knives. P...

Original antique19th C. Chinese Jian with true Chinese damascus blade

Original antique19th C. Chinese Jian with true Chinese damascus blade

( ID: cs660 )

A very finely crafted and original 19th C. Chinese Qing period jian. This example is of superlative quality with a very finely forged and sharp blade made of true damascus with fine etching on the ricasso on either side. The handle is covered in finely made sharkskin. The scabbard is lacquered sharkskin with nicely patined brass and an especially finely crafted middle hanger with a heavy relief dragon.  A very finely made example of these types of jians.  Overall length is 38 1/2", ...

Rare WWII period Korean sword

Rare WWII period Korean sword

( ID: cs661 )

A very rare and uncommon Korean sword from the 1930-WWII period. This was likely a Korean partisans sword, composed of Japanese parts but mounted in a very Korean style with many Korean symbols and embellishments.  Really an interesting piece. The blade is well-forged with traces of temperline; there is a visible kizu at the spine on one side. Habaki is copper, guard is brass as are the menuki,while the fuchi is iron or shakudo with a little gold inlay; it was made without a ka...

Beautiful 19th C. Japanese Wakizashi Sword with gold accented fittings and Moko pattern tsuba

Beautiful 19th C. Japanese Wakizashi Sword with gold accented fittings and Moko pattern tsuba

( ID: js657 )

 A truly wonderful and whimsical Japanese wakizashi. This example is mounted with , gold, malachite stones, and stained bone. The motif throughout the sword is of a wonderful naturalistic crawling bugs pattern, especially visible on the stained pommel with a small brass bug crawling over it.  The blade has a slightly wavy temper line, and a silver collar with gilt reinforcement panels. Moko pattern tsuba, with raised floral and insect designs made from gold and green stone. A two ...

Fine 17th C. Spanish or Italian Rapier Sword with finely made Juan Martinez of Toledo blade

Fine 17th C. Spanish or Italian Rapier Sword with finely made Juan Martinez of Toledo blade

( ID: es658 )

A fine example of a classic 17th C. Spanish rapier made by the famous bladesmith Juan Martinez of Toledo.   The single-fluted ricasso extends into the guard, with "JUAN MARTINEZ EN TOLEDO" in the flutes and a combined square and hexagonal cross-section, transitioning to a lozenge profile for the rest of the length. The ricasso has the town mark of Toledo at the lower end of the guard. The guards is fitted with a pair of straight quillions, 8 1/4 inches wide, with the basket section ext...

Magnificent 19th C. Ottoman Turkish Shamshir Sword with Kirk Narduban Watered Wootz Blade and fully silver mounted scabbard

Magnificent 19th C. Ottoman Turkish Shamshir Sword with Kirk Narduban Watered Wootz Blade and fully silver mounted scabbard

( ID: is656 )

A premium example of a very large and heavy 19th C. Ottoman shamshir. This example is mounted with a huge, and very well defined translucent horn grip of very fine grain structure with a nice honey color.  There are no replacement parts and everything is completely original down to the small hinged scabbard piece that closes up the forte of the blade.  The scabbard is fully silver hallmarked, on every single piece that was made seperately, and the silver is almost all silver gilt. &nbs...

18th C. South Indian Toradar Matchlock Musket Rifle with Carved Iron Barrel

18th C. South Indian Toradar Matchlock Musket Rifle with Carved Iron Barrel

( ID: if654 )

A fine late 18th C. South Indian Mysore matchlock. This example has a finely crafted and chiseled steel barrel with a carved peacock at the base of the barrel, an indication of Mysore manufacture. The rest of the barrel is carefully stipled to create an interesting effect.  The stock is made of more than one piece and is slightly loose where the joints are, but this can easily be fixed with a set of capucins.   Overall length is 64", barrel is 44". ...

19th C. Chinese Ching Dynasty Trousse Dagger set with shark skin mounted scabbard

19th C. Chinese Ching Dynasty Trousse Dagger set with shark skin mounted scabbard

( ID: ia642 )

A very uncommon Chinese 19th C. trousse set. This example is mounted in sharkskin and is detailed with teardrops shape which give this example a more pleasing appearance than most Chinese trousses.  The blade is quite dark but easily restorable while the handle scales are made of a very finely grained type of wood, possibly cherry due to the richly decorative grain. Overall length 12", blade is 6". ...

19th C. Qing Period Chinese Matchlock Musket Rifle with inlaid stock

19th C. Qing Period Chinese Matchlock Musket Rifle with inlaid stock

( ID: cf653 )

An extremely rare Chinese matchlock musket. This example is one of the finest of these that I've encountered, and has original oddly shaped uncut stock, inlaid with bone scales, finely detailed. The barrel is of interesting design starting at the base of a very large diameter and then slimming considerably to the size of a nickel or so.The stock is also inlaid with a strip of buffalo horn, inlaid itself, with florets.  The mechanism is fully functioning. Just a beautiful example of ...

Antique 19th C. Caucasian Georgian Miquelet Pistol with ball butt

Antique 19th C. Caucasian Georgian Miquelet Pistol with ball butt

( ID: rf644 )

A very fine example of a Caucasian, and specifically Georgian, ball butt pistol. This example has a fully leather covered stock in very nice condition with no losses. The ball butt is completely original to the pistol, and not a later replacement. The barrel is finely chiseled and the lock features a fine makers stamp.  A very good example of this type of pistol.   16" overall length, barrel is 11". ...

Antique 19th C. Moro Kampilan Headhunter's Sword with Finely Carved Wooden Handle ex. museum collection

Antique 19th C. Moro Kampilan Headhunter's Sword with Finely Carved Wooden Handle ex. museum collection

( ID: is650 )

A very good example of a Moro Kampilan sword. This example dates from the late 19th C. and was picked up during the Spanish American War, as most of these were, by an American serviceman. From then until now it had sat in a museum collection, visible by the lightly sratched museum catalogue number on the ricasso and the tip of the blade.   A fine and sturdy example of these headhunter swords.   Overall length is 36", blade is 26". ...

Fine 18th C. Mughal Indian Tulwar Sword with Wootz Watered Steel Blade

Fine 18th C. Mughal Indian Tulwar Sword with Wootz Watered Steel Blade

( ID: is647 )

An 18th C. Indian Mughal tulwar with a fine damascus blade retaining a gold inlaid cartouche. This example is mounted with a handle richly decorated in thick gold koftgari which remains in nearly 100% condition.  The blade has a fine wootz pattern, which appears to be a mix of sham and crystalline damascus, quite uncommon.  The sword is well balanced overall and of very pleasing appearance.   Overall length is 34", blade is 29". ...

Imperial Russian Caucasian Kindjal Dagger with gold koftgari signed and dated 1275AH=1859

Imperial Russian Caucasian Kindjal Dagger with gold koftgari signed and dated 1275AH=1859

( ID: rd649 )

A good example of a Caucasian dagger or kindjal with a finely gold overlaid koftgari blade displaying typical south Caucasian or Georgian designs, with the small dragon heads at the tips of the gold panels.  The original scabbard still retains much of the velvet finish and fits well.  The handle is in fine condition as well and the displays no pitting or poor condition issues. A fine example of this type of kindjal. Overall length is 25", blade is 18". ...

M1898 German WWI Quillback Prussian Bayonet with Ersatz Metal Scabbard

M1898 German WWI Quillback Prussian Bayonet with Ersatz Metal Scabbard

( ID: ed648 )

A good example of a M1898 Prussian quillback bayonet. This uncommon example has the original ersatz all metal scabbard which were replacement for the leather and metal mounted ones that rotted apart in the humid and filthy conditions of the trenches.  The blade on this example is marked W, for Wilhelm, and 14 for 1914 the year of manufacture. Overall length is 27", blade is 20". ...

Original American Civil War Dahlgren Naval Bayonet Dagger dated 1863

Original American Civil War Dahlgren Naval Bayonet Dagger dated 1863

( ID: ad652 )

A very fine example of the exceedingly difficult to find Civil War era U.S. Navy Dahlgren bayonet. This example is completely original and has the original scabbard and blade polish.  This example is dated 1863, and maked Ames Mfg Cp Chicopee Mass. Overall length is 17", blade is 12". ...

RARE 18th C. Chinese Qianlong Period Jian with Carved Brass Fittings

RARE 18th C. Chinese Qianlong Period Jian with Carved Brass Fittings

( ID: cs646 )

Beautiful and very rare Chinese true Qianlong 18th C. Chinese jian sword.   Overall length is 38", blade is 26". ...

RARE 19th C. Chinese Qing Dynasty Niuweidao Sword with beautiful Islamic influenced blade and carved dragon tunkou

RARE 19th C. Chinese Qing Dynasty Niuweidao Sword with beautiful Islamic influenced blade and carved dragon tunkou

( ID: ia645 )

A truly exemplary 19th C. Chinese niuweidao. This is one of the finest examples of these types of sword, I've seen on the market and features an extremely interesting multi-fullered blade with a chiseled and gilded brass tunkou formed in the shape of a dragon. A wonderful sword. Very large length and very finely crafted blade with an excellent balance in hand.   Overall length is 40", blade is 32", 3/8" thick at the ricasso.  ...

RARE Original 19th C. Chinese Qing Dynasty Cavalry Officer's Sword

RARE Original 19th C. Chinese Qing Dynasty Cavalry Officer's Sword

( ID: cs651 )

A rare sword, this example was one two types made by the Imperial German manufactuer E.F. Horster at Solingen, for the Imperial Chinese army. This example is the rare  cavalry sword model, based on the model 1889 Prussian quillback cavalry sword.  This example is in very nice condition with the original scabbard, which retains much of the gun metal finish.   Overall length is 39", blade is 32". ...

Unique 16th C. Sino-Tibetan Gilt Carved Iron Dagger

Unique 16th C. Sino-Tibetan Gilt Carved Iron Dagger

( ID: cd643 )

16" overall length, blade is 10 1/2", top scabbard fitting 2 1/4" wide X 5 3/4" long ...

Huge 19th C. Indian Tegha with Anglo-Indian inlaid handle

Huge 19th C. Indian Tegha with Anglo-Indian inlaid handle

( ID: is637 )

A fantastic sword commonly known as a tegha or executioner sword. This example measures nearly 45" in length and 5" in width.  The handle is composed of carved iron overlaid with gold damascene and two inlaid rosewood slabs that display beautifully. ...

18th C. Indian Rajastan Khanda with wootz steel hilt and gold decoration

18th C. Indian Rajastan Khanda with wootz steel hilt and gold decoration

( ID: ia635 )

From the renowned collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel. This example was purchased from a sale of the individual who purchased this and several other items now available on our site, directly from Dr. Figiel.  Dr. Figiel, the well known author of “On Damascus Steel”, the classic 1992 reference work featuring stunning examples of watered steel, and much of which came up for sale in 1998.  The pieces we feature were purchased and sold before the reference work was published and therefore do n...

Excellent 17th C. Indian Mughal Firangi

Excellent 17th C. Indian Mughal Firangi

( ID: is636 )

One of the finest example of an early Mughal firangi that we've had the pleasure to handle. This example is fitted with a beautifully detailed handle and an extremely well made blade, likely of Spanish 16th century origin judging by the profuse marking along the blade.  Truly one of the best examples available.     ...

Magnificent 18th C. Shield from the Udaipur Maharana Sangram Singh II of Mewar

Magnificent 18th C. Shield from the Udaipur Maharana Sangram Singh II of Mewar

( ID: ia634 )

A truly wonderful example of Indian art. This example is contemporary with the shields in the Indian National Collection in New Delhi, and which are featured prominently in Pant's books "Indian armors from the National Collection: A Catalogue", pages 85-88.  This example is painted in the exact same manner and with similar design features, such as the glass knobs, and likewise made from rhinocerous hide, as those which belonged to the regent of the Udaipur, in the 1720's and 1730's, the Mah...

17th-18th C. Indian Khulah Khud helmet

17th-18th C. Indian Khulah Khud helmet

( ID: ia620 )

Indian armor is rare, and Indian helmets especially so. This example is a classic and fine example of a Mughal era piece of armor. The helmet bowl is beautifully decorated with gold koftgari and is likely made of watered steel wootz.  The nasal protection piece is beautifully made with two leaf shaped end pieces that give it the distinct Indian shape and decoration.  The chainmail is particularly fine quality as well, made of riveted, not butted links.  The main helmet bowl also f...

19th C. Persian calligraphy scissors signed by maker

19th C. Persian calligraphy scissors signed by maker

( ID: ia608 )

A fine example of 19th C. Persian calligraphic scissors used to cut the paper used for calligraphy.  Normally these would be held in a writing calligraphers set, or a Qalamdan, of which we have several fine examples available in the Islamic Arts section. ...

Beautiful 19th C. Russian Dagestan Caucasian Silver kindjal dagger with maker's mark  Кинжал

Beautiful 19th C. Russian Dagestan Caucasian Silver kindjal dagger with maker's mark Кинжал

( ID: rd626 )

A very fine 19th C. Dagestan made silver kindjal кинжал. This example is of superb quality, much better than most silver mounted kindjals.  Beautifully chiseled and repoussed, this example is richly decorated with niello as well.  The blade is sectional type with multiple fullers and is stamped with the makers name “KOPBAH” or "KURBAH" or "KORBAN".  Quite rare in this level of quality. 21" Long Кинжал ...

Excellent 18th C. English or American Naval Dirk Dagger

Excellent 18th C. English or American Naval Dirk Dagger

( ID: ed596 )

A very finely made 18th C. naval dagger. This example is mounted with whalebone scales, and comes with the original scabbard made of finely grained fishskin.  The blade, crossguard and tang are made of a single piece of metal making this an exceptionally deadly stabbing weapon.  The tip of the blade swells to make an armor piercing point, but also to make it easier to open up tightly wound knots of rope found on sailing vessels of the 19th C. and before.  The blade is also finely ...

Excellent 19th C. Indian Rajastani Kard Dagger with a watered steel wootz blade

Excellent 19th C. Indian Rajastani Kard Dagger with a watered steel wootz blade

( ID: id601 )

A very fine example of a 19th C. Indian kard. This example has a heavy and thick wootz blade, overlaid with gold koftgari in the shape of the sun in a very similar style to lacquer work paintings on Rajastani shields. This leads us to believe that the piece originates from Rajastan though the shape and type could be found throughout India. Overall lenght - 14, blade - 8"     ...

Excellent Ethiopian Shotel Sword with beautiful blade

Excellent Ethiopian Shotel Sword with beautiful blade

( ID: ks628 )

A very fine example of an Ethiopian shotel sword with an excellent presentation blade.   It comes with the original scabbard ...

Fantastic 17th C. Indian Firangi Sword with massive blade and watered steel wootz hilt, Ex. Robert Hales Collection

Fantastic 17th C. Indian Firangi Sword with massive blade and watered steel wootz hilt, Ex. Robert Hales Collection

( ID: ia578 )

This is a remarkable example of an Indian firangi of very high quality.  Spanning nearly 50 inches in length, the wootz watered steel hilt is chiseled and overlaid with gold koftgari in very nice condition. The blade is European, marked at the base with Latin and Arabic lettering, serving likely as an attribution to the owner.  The broadsword blade is one of the grandest encountered on a firangi, while proportioned well by the oversized hilt - also in excellent condition.  Increas...

Fine 18-19th C. Indian Lahori Style Khulah Khud helmet

Fine 18-19th C. Indian Lahori Style Khulah Khud helmet

( ID: ia619 )

A very nice example of an Indian khulah khud, likely from the Lahore area.  E. Jaiwant Paul dates examples like this to the 17th and 18th C. however we are conservative in dating and will place this later acknowledging that it is possibly earlier. This example is finely chiseled in a soft design style reminiscent of the finest soft floral designs of Mughal jades and is very well made with an unscrewing top plume holder and fine nasal protective iron piece.  Good condition throughout, w...