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
A good English Civil war period ‘lobster pot’ Helmet, the three bar face guard typical of the English style of these ‘Zischagge’ type helmets used throughout Europe, Poland, Germany, and the East including Mamluk and Ottoman North Africa and turkey as far as India. From an English private collection together with a seige weight breatsplate and backplate, tassets and iron neck collar or guard…! soon to be added to the New Ashoka Arts website sepcialising in fine antique swords and weapons
a small group of antique arms and armour comprising Cromwellian English 17th century heavy siege armour, 16th century German or Styrian Halberds with Makers stamps, Spontoons or Partisans, naval boarding pikes, and other antique polearm type weapons to include a naval boarding axe, and Spanish rapier sword… coming soon from Ashoka Arts fine antique swords and weapons
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..!
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..