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.
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
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