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interesting Tibetan knife from the Kham region, Western China

Very nice Tibetan shortsword from Kham. An antique  Dagger from  Tibet Kham Province, China. Typical steel cap with projections, brass bound grip. The scabbard strikingly designed with ridges of steel and green dyed leather.   The blade of tapering triangular form made from linear laminated steels. 18th or early 19th century

Sudanese war mace with heavy steel flanges Mahdist War

Very interesting and eyecatching Sudanese war mace with heavy steel flanges. The whole steel flanges, and shaft covered with etched Thuluth magical calligraphy and the mid shaft covered with yellow crocodile hide, used during the Mahdist wars late 19th century. 55 cms. The mahdist forces were finally defeated by the British at Omdurman

 

 

Rare pair of ming or qing Chinese heavy bronze Sai Jian bar maces.

 

Rare pair of Chinese heavy bronze Sai Jian bar maces. The blades of thick four sided section concave to each face to form a sharp edge on each corner. The handles ending with ball finials and grips wrapped with fabric. Very rare coming with original double leather sheath, each mace weighing over 2 kgs, together nearly 4.5 kgs, each mace 63 cms long

Gold damascened Persian lancehead

  • Fine Persian lancehead wootz steel and gold damascened shaft. The blade of good wootz steel raised central rib. Lower mounts finely decorated with gold, the shaft chamfered. 19th century. 48 cms

     

     

 

rare Persian Jarids darts or javelin in sheath or case with goldwork

Set of Persian Jarid darts or throwing javelins in scabbard. The darts of steel twisted decoration and traces of engraving and gold detail, the scabbard of greenish leather sewn to reverse. Steel mounts with traces of engraved decoration with patterns of goldwork. Some minor damage to wood, only two darts present. 19th century. Rare item, 81 cms in sheath, 74 cms long darts

 

 

TURKISH OTTOMAN SILVER GILT MACE weapon

Rare and fine Ottoman mace with gilt-silver mounts. The head with multiple flanges pierced and decorated with scrolling decoration. The shaft covered in fine black hide and seam sewn with gilt metal wire thread. 17th/early 18th century. 64 cms, as used at Siege of Vienna, very fine war example

 

 

A pair of Ottoman Balkan silver horsemans pistols completely covered with silver filigree work and set with stones

A very nice and collectible pair of 18th century Flintlock holster pistols, from the Ottoman Empire probably made in Bosnia, around Sarajevo in the Balkans by a master gunsmith. The stocks are wholly covered with very fine pure silver filigree wire decoration in scrolls and panels. The handles and breech region are further set with decorative red stones. Fine steel work locks beautifully engraved, the barrel is also chiselled and engraved with some characters and writing. Weapons of this quality were important throughout the Islamic world as indicators of status and fashion as well as functioning items for self defense. These would have been worn either in a double holster attached to a horses saddle, or stuck through a wide waist sash or belt which was typically Turkish and Balkan.

turkish pistols ashoka arts
super quality pair of silver turkish flintlock pistols

turkish balkan silver gilt filigree pair of holster pistols (3)

turkish balkan silver gilt filigree pair of holster pistols (5)

turkish balkan silver gilt filigree pair of holster pistols (7)

turkish balkan silver gilt filigree pair of holster pistols (10)

turkish balkan silver gilt filigree pair of holster pistols (11)

Antique Ottoman Balkan Miquelet lock musket ‘Boyliya’ with gold and fabric

A beautiful Ottoman Balkan ‘Boyliya’ gun or musket surviving in superb condition. This longgun is clearly a high quality piece and would have belonged to a man of some rank or standing, the piece is decorated profusely throughout and retains both its embroidered fabric cover to the stock and its original tassel ornament.

The stock is covered entirely with metal finely chiselled with designs having gold elements highlighted to create a stunning visual effect.Multiple silver cappucine bands holding the barrel to the stock, again very finely chiselled. The steel barrel of fine quality, fluted to the top section with chiselled banded decoration and some engraved writing? along its top. The lock of miquelet turkish form in good working condition and retaining its original flint, the faces applied with engraved brass, and the top edge set with three coral stones. The sleeve to the butt is of velvet embroidered in ‘boteh’ designs in metallic silver/gold thread, the tassels made from coloured silks. The fabric pad covering still remaining to the actual butt to provide a comfortable hold when firing. The gun also has its steel ramrod, and gilt brass fixings to take a strap to one side.

 

 

A rare opportunity to find such a complete example in excellent condition, circa 1800. 153 cms long approximately. The Balkans at this period were and had been under Ottoman Turkish control for many years, this style of gun, while very similar to the Turkish types is typically found in the Western Balkan regions and was probably used by a specific ethnic group.  Middle east

Rare Qing Sino-Tibetan Iron Military Helmet Chinese helmet with Tibetan style silver and gold decoration

Rare Chinese Qing or ‘Manchu’ Military helmet of steel, blackened iron with silver and gold Tibetan style decoration, Very good old provenance. Dating to the 17th or early 18th century