a second rare repeating crossbow Chu-ko-nu from China soon to be added to the store.. this fantastic 19th century bow has been restrung and is fully working allowing the user to see and feel exactly how it would have been used in combat. Used against the British in the 1850’s and the Japanese in the 1890’s, this ingenious and effective weapon has been used in China since the Han dynasty! used against mass troops and with bolts of steel probably poison-tipped.. supplied with a few dummy bolts..
coming soon a nice scarce oriental sword from the Deccan sometimes called a ‘Pahari’ or ‘Cobra’ sword amongst collectors. With Gold and silver koftgari inlay see here..!
An unusual and most attractive Helmet from Iran, gilt-brass bowl with intricate hand-chiselled designs, long protective camail (‘chain-mail’) with patterns from steel and brass links.. soon available on Ashoka Arts Fine Arms and Armor
A group of Thai or Burmese spears.. stout steel heads on bamboo shafts.. real antique fighting examples and scarce!
A lovely old Moroccan Dagger, silver mounted with intricate designs on velvet, and a large bulbous solid Rhino horn handle! A fine condition India Pattern ‘Brown Bess’ musket with full ordnance stamping and issue date 1805 complete with stamped bayonet, and an 1756 pattern Long Land Musket..! new items coming soon to Ashoka Arts along with other new swords.
* update~ the Pattern 1756 Brown Bess musket mentioned above appears to be a very rare survival a regimental marked gun from the 18th century. The number 51 appears faintly on the barrel and the escutcheon plate is marked as the 80th musket of the 1st company. This information appears to relate to the famous regiment that surrendered to the French in America in 1755,and were reformed and fought at the Battle of Minden in 1759. This gun appears to have american features and we believe it was originally used in america and through its provenance we believe it may have been used at Minden.
pictures to follow soon..
coming soon.. two fine Omani matchlock muskets with inlaid and stamped barrels, and a silver mounted Indo-Arab gun with large wooden butt… fine antique firearms from Ashoka Arts