Category Archives: Persian arms and armour

Persian or Caucasian sword with Laddered Wootz blade

A Persian shamshir sword. The blade of this sword is big and heavy and likely to date to the 17th or early 18th century. Signed at the top with a lion cartouche and a panel of arabic with the maker Assad Allah inlaid with gold. The wootz steel blade of this sword is very fine and clear and display the rare pattern ‘Kirk Narduban’ the ladder of the prophet or ‘Mohammed’s ladder’ which displays as a regular banded pattern along the blade.  The crossguard is of steel with some silver overlaid decoration, horn and silver grips with silver panels and a silvered steel pommel. Circa 1700

Fine Tabar Axe from Persia Central Asia Samarkand with silver mounts and Chinese Jade archers ring 18th century

A fine and interesting early Persian or Central Asian War Axe  Tabar or ‘Tabarzin’.  This piece is significant in its weight and size, the steel axehead itself is deeply decorated in relief with scenes of a mounted warrior amongst animals and trees, presumably made from wootz steel. The mounting of the axe is most unusual, below the head is a fine quality Chinese archers ring of Jade, which appears to be early Qing Dynasty in date. The top and bottom shaft mounts are of thick silver, exquisitely chiselled with geometric borders and flowers, suggesting a Central Asian Uzbek or Bukharan origin. The shaft itself is unusually carved in a  series of spirals which adds a most dramatic appearance to the piece.

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

 

 

Spectacular quality Afghan or Persian Pulwar or Pulwouar sword with shamshir blade

Fine quality indo Persian or Afghan All steel sword Pulwar or Pulwouar (tulwar).

Fine afghan Pulwouar sword with shamshir blade
Fine Indo-Persian Pulwouar sword from Afghanistan

The hilt of the finest shaped pierced steel exquisitely perforated in bands, the pommel containing small stones reputedly from the Holy Moslem city of Mecca, The shamshir type blade deeply curved and with a cartouche conataining arabic calligraphy, a talismanic square or bedouh containing numbers, and a small chiselled inscription along the back edge. A fantastic example of the scarce from of islamic sword, a genuine antique piece dating to the 18th or early 19th century., Northern India or Afghanistan

Fine Indo-Persian Pulwouar sword from Afghanistan
Fine antique Indo-Persian Pulwouar sword from Afghanistan

Persian Kilij sword added to site, two Persian or afghan shamshirs to be added soon

A fine damascus bladed Kilij sword from Iran with chiselled steel hilt gold inlaid cartouche with arabic writing and scabbard mounts already added to the website, Two Persian or Afghan 19th century shamshirs, and an Afghan Tulwar sword with makers stamps, several Afghan Khyber knives, soon to be added