Category Archives: European arms and armour

Kaskara sword from the Sudan, crusader style with early German blade

An interesting and early Sudanese sword known as a Kaskara to collectors. The blade is good quality and of European German origin, double edged with a broad centre fuller, each side has two markings each, near the forte underneath the projecting crossguard piece is a small deeply stamped mark which is hard to make out, further down to on side is a large copper alloy or latten inlaid makers mark of Passau or Solingen, an orb and a wolf.The hilt has a steel crossguard, the grip bound with leather and a leather flattened disc pommel. The scabbard covered with leather decorated in places, a band of snakeskin to the sheath opening, two silvered copper hanging mounts and a leather decorated strap. Some age wear and old repairs minor losses to scabbard but overall in good condition for age. 19th century

 

african sword kaskara
early german blade from solingen or passau mounted in Sudanese kaskara straight sword

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

Fine English 3 bar ‘Pot’ Helmet as used in the English Civil War 1642–1651

A good English Civil war period ‘lobster pot’ Helmet, the three bar face guard typical of the English style of these ‘Zischagge’ type helmets used throughout Europe, Poland, Germany, and the East including Mamluk and Ottoman North Africa and turkey as far as India. From an English private collection together with a seige weight breatsplate and backplate, tassets and iron neck collar or guard…! soon to be added to the New Ashoka Arts website sepcialising in fine antique swords and weapons

Wonderful group of Antique Arms, Polearms Halberds Spears

a small group of antique arms and armour comprising Cromwellian English 17th century heavy siege armour, 16th century German or Styrian Halberds with Makers stamps, Spontoons or Partisans, naval boarding pikes, and other antique polearm type weapons to include a naval boarding axe, and Spanish rapier sword… coming soon from Ashoka Arts fine antique swords and weapons

Original Lobster Pot Helmet of Zischagge form from Europe

nice zischagge ‘lobster pot’ helmet from the 17th century from Europe, all steel construction, single protective bar to the face, cheek guards, iron flanged neckguard with seven lames, large face visor with makers stamp. to be listed soon on ashoka arts fine arms and armour…!