Category Archives: North African and Islamic swords and weapons

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

 

 

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)

Finest Royal Ethiopian Gilt Jewelled shield and Rhino Horn hilted Gurade or shotel sword once belonging to Haile Selassie

coming soon, the finest quality Ethiopian jewelled gilt shield and rhino horn hilted gurade sword en suite owned by Ethiopian Emporer Haile Selassie and presented to Harold Baxter Kittermaster, the Governor of British Somaliland in 1927. A very rare opportunity for the collector of Ethiopian Weapons.

Two antique 19th century Sudanese kaskara swords

Two antique 19th century Sudanese kaskara swords one with islamic arabic calligraphic script, the other with man in the moon makers marks, ‘crusader’ style cruciform leather hilts and broadsword steel blades