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.
Rare Indian sword Tulwar with curved zulfiqar split tip blade, makers marks. coming soon
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
an intruiging and scarce Indian weapon the Haladie double-bladed dagger, also occasionally found in other countries such as the Sudan and China. Two opposing serrated steel recurved blades with a central ribbed handle or hilt grip, the ends of the blades split in zulfiqar fashion. Dating to the 19th century great display piece!!
Fine quality indo Persian or Afghan All steel sword Pulwar or Pulwouar (tulwar).
The hilt of the finest shaped pierced steel exquisitely perforated in bands, the pommel containing small stones reputedly from the Holy Moslem city of Mecca, The shamshir type blade deeply curved and with a cartouche conataining arabic calligraphy, a talismanic square or bedouh containing numbers, and a small chiselled inscription along the back edge. A fantastic example of the scarce from of islamic sword, a genuine antique piece dating to the 18th or early 19th century., Northern India or Afghanistan
Greek or Albanian musket with mother of pearl inlay soon to be added to the ashoka arts website for fine arms and armour, steel barrel with mother of pearl inlaid panels, dating to the 19th century
Two fantastic oriental weapons soon to be added to Ashoka Arts Fine Antique Arms and Armour. A scarce curved scimitar sword of ‘shashka’ or shashqa form with damascus wootz steel blade, and ivory/bone hilt complete with scabbard, and an antique oriental compound or recurved bow from Bukhara or Kazakhstan/Uzbekistan complete with its bowstring… both very rare pieces to find.. Both of these weapons are now posted to the website…!
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..