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
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.
lovely quality Indian dagger ‘Khanjarli’ with ivory lunette shaped grip and pommel, star silver rivets and dark patinated watered steel blade circa 1800
Newly aquired, two fine Danakil tribe Spears from Somalia with leaf shaped steel blades and shafts, A large Sotho/Swazi or Nguni Zulu War axe, robust iron triangular blade with wire wrapped head. Fine African Arms and armour from ashoka arts!
Rare Indian sword Tulwar with curved zulfiqar split tip blade, makers marks. coming soon
Two antique 19th century Sudanese kaskara swords one with islamic arabic calligraphic script, the other with man in the moon makers marks, ‘crusader’ style cruciform leather hilts and broadsword steel blades
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