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Rare Central Asian Bukharan Uzbek Shashka Sword of distinct type

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A rare 18th-19th C. Bukharan shashka of distinct form and type.  The Central Asian shashka is often distinguished from shashkas from the Caucasus to the south and west, and Afghanistan to the south and east by form and blade type not seen on swords from either region.

This example is true to form with fine wood grip slabs held in place by large silver pins flattened in profile with the grip.  The blade is thick and heavy and bears little resemblance to other shashka blades by the almost immediate declination of the cutting edge from the grip through to the point. Furthermore, the blade is made of fine folded damascus steel and displays a hardened edge quite distinct to these swords.

This example has silver decorative damascene at the ricasso and the spine.

A rare and interesting sword. Overall length is 36", blade is 31".

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