A very unusual 18th C. hunting sword. This piece of French origin with a dark horn or wood handle mounted in silver and with a Persian wootz blade of very fine quality displaying an inlaid cartouche and a magic square baudah. The blade itself also displays a wonderful kirk narduban pattern. The blade and the handle appear to be completely original to each other and this example must have been produced in this way for a specific client. I believe that it is European in origin as the blade follows nearly exactly the proportions and contours of a European hunting blade. See another example of this type with a European mounted blade. Both have the same proportions and design.
Overall length is 23, blade is 17 1/2