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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.

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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)

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…!

Rare antique Indian Gauntlet sword Patah – South Indian

very nice antique Bronze hilted sword from South India, with pierced bronze basket ‘gauntlet’ armguard and long double edged steel blade. Coming soon on Ashoka Arts fine antique Arms and Armour

Rare brass-hilted sword with protective gauntlet
Antique Gauntlet Sword 'Patah' from South India

Antique swords and armour… New look Ashoka Arts website!!!… coming soon….

Look forward to the newly redesigned Ashoka Arts website…. Continuing our bold and original design format emphasing the beauty of antique oriental swords and weapons…. we offer a new selection of high quality antique swords and weapons including Turkish and Persian swords, swords and armour from the Indo-Persian world, tribal weapons from Borneo and Indonesia. We also supply oriental pieces from China, Vietnam and the Far East, and are happy to seek out pieces for the more discerning collector on request.

Fresh from the recent London Arms Fair we are pleased to be able to offer several newly sourced items including a rare Straight silver-mounted Vietnamese Guom or Kiem sword, a fine quality Fakirs parrying weapon Madu with unusually a gilt central shield and gilt bronze spear tips, three very nice examples of Indo-Arab guns from the Hadrumaut of Yemen, and Oman, two very scarce Saintie Indian parrying weapons with spear tips, an early all steel Mughal dagger from North India. Also a fine quality Nepalese Kukri with silver and gold mounts displaying the Royal Nepal coat of arms. We also will be offering a wonderful complete Yemen silver Jambiya dagger with accoutrements mounted on an embroidered belt, very hard to find in complete and good condition. We also have several new spears, silver mounted Thai examples in exceptional condition, Thai bamboo shafted fighting spears, several all steel Indian sangs, and an exceptional quality Indo-Persian Pulwar or tulwar sword from Afghanistan with pierced watered steelwork of great beauty… all coming soon and shortly available to buy online using our new secure shopping cart system. Watch this space… !