Tag Archives: wootz steel

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.

antique indian pesh kabz dagger and two Singhalese sri lankan piha kaetta knives

indian pesh kabz dagger and two Singhalese sri lankan piha kaetta knives coming soon, the pesh kabz with silver and gilt mounts and fine damascus wootz watered blade  circa 1800

Antique eastern armour Char Aina set, and 15th/16th century Turkish Gorget

A set of four wootz or ‘damascus’ steel plates comprising a Char Aina set of antique Indian armour, to be worn over a mail shirt, and an early Turkish Ottoman Iron gorget , worn over the back shoulders with two separate plates fixed by rivetted steel mail links, originally worn as part of the set of plates by the armies of the Ottoman empire which invaded eastern and central Europe during the period of this piece of early armour. Offered for sale on our new site   Now added

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