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Fine North Indian Indo-Persian Mughal Shamshir Sword, Circa 1800 with wootz and gold blade

Fine North Indian Indo-Persian Mughal Shamshir Sword, Circa 1800 with wootz and gold blade

( ID: is1282 )

A fine example of an Indian shamshir displaying all of the elements of a high-quality sword.  The sword likely of Mughal origin, or North Indian, is mounted with bone grips and with iron mounts damascened in gold, retaining the original chape with much of the gold koftgari.  The scabbard is then entirely mounted in repoussed silver with elements of Bhuj or Sindi workmanship, indicating possibly a Northwest Indian origin. The blade of very fine quality entirely of a vivid wootz or watered steel pattern with a chiseled forte overlaid in gold, with elements of neo-Maml...

Price: $6,800
Fine late 18th C. European Silver-gilt Smallsword

Fine late 18th C. European Silver-gilt Smallsword

( ID: es1280 )

This is a fine example of an early 18th C. European smallsword, likely dating to the period of 1700-1740 judging by the early form and the use of a 17th C. Spanish rapier blade.  Overall mounted entirely in solid silver with two color gilding used to show discrete elements on the hilt, which features hunting images and village scenes.   The hilt of exceptional quality, entirely pierced and chiseled, with no losses, the original peening, and only with minuscule looseness to the crossguard.  The crossguard is decorated with four different scen...

Price: $4,299
Chinese Beiyang Army Warlord Five Lion Presentation Sword from Hunan Warlord General Chang Ching-yao  張敬堯字勳臣

Chinese Beiyang Army Warlord Five Lion Presentation Sword from Hunan Warlord General Chang Ching-yao 張敬堯字勳臣

( ID: cs1276 )

Few swords are as emblematic as the presentation and General officer swords of the Chinese Republic during the period of the Beiyang Army.  During this period numerous warlords competed for power and often commissioned extravagant uniforms and dress arms to show to their rank and file that they were in command. This sword is an example of one such presentation arm, one of the few of General grade quality swords, which is are also marked in an inscription along the blade noting that this was a presentation from General Chang Chin-yao as a Governor's Extraordinary Award.  ...

18th C. Indian Mughal or Rajput Spearhead, Junagarh Fort Armory Bikaner

18th C. Indian Mughal or Rajput Spearhead, Junagarh Fort Armory Bikaner

( ID: is1242 )

A fine 18th C. Indian spearhead of interesting and early design. This example is a known type and has an interesting mechanism with two pronged iron flanges below the spearhead which are sturdy but have a springiness to them.  The base of the spearhead is decorated with large chiseled floral designs, while the tip of the spearhead is thickened similar to a katar. The entire spearehead is chiseled from two solid pieces of metal, with the spearhead likely to be wootz, and with the makara head at the base of the spearhead chiseled en suite with the head itself.  This form remind...

Price: $1,800
Fine 17th C. Mughal Bikaner Rajput Talwar Sword, wootz blade with multiple inscriptions

Fine 17th C. Mughal Bikaner Rajput Talwar Sword, wootz blade with multiple inscriptions

( ID: is1240 )

We are pleased to offer a fine example of an early all metal tulwar with a heavy fighting blade made entirely of Indian wootz steel with a hardened edge.  This example can be attributed to an earlier period by the distinct grip which has the bulge located towards the pommel and not centered as in later types of tulwars, and has the pommel cap ends ending in a sharper point than later examples which are generally rounded. The example dates to the 17th-18th C. This form is also known in the Junagarh ( जुनाग्द क़िला) Fort Museum, in Bikaner, and was used by the Mahratta warriors of t...

Price: $1,899
Fine Ethiopian Abyssinian Shotel Sword, circa 1880

Fine Ethiopian Abyssinian Shotel Sword, circa 1880

( ID: ms1234 )

A fine example of an Ethiopian shotel sword. This example has a three piece grip of very fine construction and  gorgeous multi fullered blade of sickle shaped form. Evidence for the shotel dates from the earliest Damotians (Damites) and Axumites, used by both mounted and dismounted warriors. After the Solomonic restoration of Atse Yikuno Amlak I, the resurgent Emperors began to re-establish the Axumite armies. This culminated in the reign of Amda Seyon I. Ethiopian forces were armed with short and long swords such as the Seif and Gorade. The Shotel swordsmen known as Shotelai and or...

Price: $1,200
Late 18th C. Mughal Indian Javelin Spear, blue and gold decoration

Late 18th C. Mughal Indian Javelin Spear, blue and gold decoration

( ID: is1231 )

A fine example of a late 18th C. Indian javelin, mounted on a bamboo pole, with a very fine quality wootz steel head overlaid with bluing and gold koftgari. The javelin is primarily a missile weapon that takes the form of a light spear with a small head. Utilised both in combat and for hunting it is often used from horseback but is also effective on foot. For the javelin, the material of the shaft was usually hardwood or bamboo, only occasionally were shafts made entirely of iron or steel. Up until the sixteenth century the javelin-head was largely produced of plain steel, and it was not un...

Price: $1,600
Unique 18th C. Mughal Hindu Indian Wootz Khanda Firangi Sword

Unique 18th C. Mughal Hindu Indian Wootz Khanda Firangi Sword

( ID: is1238 )

A fine example of an early 18th C. Indian firangi of rather unique hilt design. The typical khanda hilt is of finer quality than normal with a beautiful wootz pattern visible in the windows of the upper part of the hilt.  The guard of the hilt is also pierced and opem with an arrow design of fine quality and delicate execution.  The grip is wrapped in silver wire. The blade is wootz and is of the firangi style with a pattern visible throughout. A fine and rare firangi with wootz blade and wootz khanda hilt. It is quite rare to have a wootz firangi blade of fine flexible dimensi...

Price: $5,300
Exceptionally Rare Chinese Wootz Bintie Steel Jian Sword, mid-19th Century

Exceptionally Rare Chinese Wootz Bintie Steel Jian Sword, mid-19th Century

( ID: cs1226 )

An exceptionally rare Chinese sword with a true Chinese forged wootz blade, circa mid-19th C. Dating to the early to mid-19th century in outward appearance this example is fitted with fine quality jian fittings of the late 18th-mid-19th c.  The shagreen remains in fine condition with minor crazing due to timber shrinkage underneath and the boxwood grip is also in fine condition, with decorative lines running the length to create a better grip when grasped in hand.  The brass hardware has a fine patina, uncleaned, and the fitting are precise and of good quality design and manufactu...

Rare 19th C. Chinese Qing Period Tiger Hook Sword Shuang Gou, of Chinese layered damascus steel

Rare 19th C. Chinese Qing Period Tiger Hook Sword Shuang Gou, of Chinese layered damascus steel

( ID: cs1188 )

A rare example of an original fighting Chinese tiger hook sword of the early 19th C. These were known as qian kun ri yue dao (literally "Heaven and Earth, Sun and Moon sword".  They had four components: The back, which is often used as a regular sword. The hook, which is used to trip enemies, catch weapons and for slashing. The end of the hilt, which is sharpened. The crescent guard, which is used for blocking, trapping and slashing. This example, unlike most examples, is an original fighting example with a beautifully lenticular cross section blade composed of layered la...

Price: $1,999
Rare Indian Lucknow Rapier Sword of distinct form, 17th-19th C. (?)

Rare Indian Lucknow Rapier Sword of distinct form, 17th-19th C. (?)

( ID: is1165 )

A rare Indian rapier, this example could date as early as the 17th C. through the early 19th C. The grip is composed of a carved wooden grip of very distinct form, and type which has been attributed to Lucknow. The rapier blade is likely of European origin and is highly flexible springing back to form. There is an indistinct armorers mark at the base of the blade, along with a number likely from an Indian armory. A nearly identical example, but with a pommel spike, is currently in a cabinet in the Bikaner Armory, India, which allows us to date this at the non conservative end to the 17...

Price: $1,900
Fine 17th C. Dutch or Flemish Rapier Sword, early chiseled ensuite silver hilt

Fine 17th C. Dutch or Flemish Rapier Sword, early chiseled ensuite silver hilt

( ID: es1147 )

A fine example of a 17th C. Dutch silver hilted artillery officers rapier.  The hilt fittings are entirely chiseled in silver with various images including portraits of classical figures and 17th C. Dutch officers.  The uniforms and hairstyles generally reflect the mid to late 17th style.  In addition, sculptured dogs' heads appear at various points; from their mouths spring pas d'âne and knuckle guard, quillon); the arrangement and perspective of these figures is extraordinarily adapted to the narrow metal. Grip round, untapered, of basket-woven bands of parallel copp...

Price: $4,500
18th C. Mughal Tulwar Firangi Sword inlaid with gold parasol mark of royal ownership

18th C. Mughal Tulwar Firangi Sword inlaid with gold parasol mark of royal ownership

( ID: is1135 )

A fine and interesting tulwar of a type rarely found. This example as a grip which can be ascribed to North India with a ball pommel of a form found on pulwars.  However this is clearly an Indian Mughal example and is mounted with an interesting blade of fine proportions which has an old and original inlay of gold of the Imperial Mughal parasol. This is inlaid in the right style for original 18th C. or earlier workmanship though the hilt is likely no earlier than the 18th C. Blades found with inlaid gold parasols are thought to indicate Imperial or Royal ownership or presentation to so...

Price: $3,500
19th C. Gold Mounted Saudi Arabian, UAE or Bahrain Middle Eastern Shamshir Saif Sword

19th C. Gold Mounted Saudi Arabian, UAE or Bahrain Middle Eastern Shamshir Saif Sword

( ID: i108 )

 A beautiful 19th to early 20th C. Saudi or Arabian Peninsula saif sword. This is a classic style Saudi sword likely presented to someone of high rank.  Mounts are sheet gold embossed of fine quality with Persian and Arabian motifs.  The blade is a European trade blade of fine quality, marked C. Putsch, and can be dated to the period 1830-1850.  C. Putsch is listed as German retailer in Solingen operating in the period 1830-1850 in German Swords and Sword Makers by Richard Bezdek. Grip scales are made of bone or antler. The sword is in overall 95% condition,...

Price: $13,999
Fine 18th C. Mughal Cavalry Horseman's Tulwar Sword Saber, complete with original scabbard

Fine 18th C. Mughal Cavalry Horseman's Tulwar Sword Saber, complete with original scabbard

( ID: is1130 )

A fine large example of a Mughal Indian cavalry tulwar with a canted hilt of earlier form and Lahori style trefoil crossguard, grip chiseled in iron and overlaid with gold koftgari. This example has been untouched and comes out of a collection of items collected in the early to mid 20th C.  The blade of this example is a particulary fine type of Indian blade and even retains the polishers marks at the base of the blase, of crosses and "x" (See Elgood Arms of Jaipur for a comparison tulwar with similar polisher's marks at the base).  This indicates the blade has been untouched...

Price: $4,500
16th C. Polish Spear Lance or Pike Ex. George  Cameron Stone Collection Metropolitan Museum Collection

16th C. Polish Spear Lance or Pike Ex. George Cameron Stone Collection Metropolitan Museum Collection

( ID: es988 )

A rare find and with exceptional provenance.  This is a 16th C. Polish pike with razor sharp side blades and a qudrangular shaped spearhead in iron. This exact piece is pictured in Stone's A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration, and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times: Together with Some Closely Related Subjects on page 500 ex. #4.  It is rare to find Polish items of that period and even more so those with impeccable provenance. This example was purchased in 1972 in a Metropolitan Museum deaccesion. This example would have been one of the Hussaria spea...

Price: $4,899
Early 18th C. German or Russian Agate Hilted Court Sword

Early 18th C. German or Russian Agate Hilted Court Sword

( ID: es941 )

One of the finest European swords we've had the pleasure to handle. This example is a German or Imperial Russian court sword of beautiful form and design. The grip is composed of three pieces of matched pink agate of the finest quality carved for a pleasing grip and displaying a vivid and beautiful layered pattern emblematic of the finest 18th C. carved agate. The mounts are mercury gilded brass in the classic 18th C. style. The blade is faceted and tapering.  The scabbard features the original mounts but the crimson velvet appears to have been added later on to match the color of the ...

Price: $11,999
Exceptional 18th C. Afghan North Indian Pulwar with wootz handle and damascus blade

Exceptional 18th C. Afghan North Indian Pulwar with wootz handle and damascus blade

( ID: is887 )

An exceptional pulwar this example features of a distinct turbaned hilt composed of Indian crystalline wootz. The handle has a finely fomed d-guard with a copper inset hidden among a screen of chiseled iron. The pommel is very finely formed with a chiseled brass lanyard ring matching the chiseled decoration of the rest of the hilt. The blade is a heavy deeply curved fighting blade finely fullered of a distinct tulwar style, but with a dimpled and recessed forte indicative of higher quality workmanship, and with a stamped makers cartouche. The blade is a composed of layered steel, or damascus, ...

Price: $3,900
Important and Rare 19th C. Persian Carved Dagger Qama Sword by listed artist Mohammad Ali

Important and Rare 19th C. Persian Carved Dagger Qama Sword by listed artist Mohammad Ali

( ID: ia812 )

A very important 19th C. Persian sword. The hilt of this sword is signed by a renowned Persian sculptor who is listed in Mayer "Islamic Armourers and Their Works" and who has two daggers currently in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.  The hilt is signed "The Worthless Muhammad Ali" and dated to 1838. The method of signing in this manner was to prostrate oneself before G-d, similar to the way the most skilled rug weavers would purposefully introduce a flaw into the weaving. The daggers in the Victoria and Albert both display carvings of figures, and one...

Price: $22,000
Fantastic 17th C. Moroccan Nimcha Sword

Fantastic 17th C. Moroccan Nimcha Sword

( ID: is750 )

A really great and rare example of a very early Moroccan nimcha. This type with the characteristic carved handle is usually made of tortoiseshell and mother of pearl but all of the extant known pieces are mounted with this type of blade, a Genoan import blade of sturdy fighting proportions for the Algerian and North African corsairs that would have carried this sword in the late 17th-early 18th C.  This example is very unusual in that it is mounted with a carved ivroy grip displaying rich age and the exact correct type of brass crossguard with the thinner quillons that in addition to the ...

Price: $3,499