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Antique Sword, 18th century Indo Persian Shamshir

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Antique Sword, 18th century Indo Persian Shamshir
Rare, antique, 18th century, Caucasian sword - Shamshir made in traditional Persian manner with curved single edged Damascus steel Wootz blade. Hilt construction: black wood grips, steel pommel and steel cross guard with short languets and long quillons of square section and knob finials. Back of the blade near the crass guard is signed by the maker with the script in Caucasians alphabet most likely Armenian. Distinguish between this rare example of Caucasian Shamshir and Persian Shamshir is (1) Characteristic Damascus pattern Wootz typical for Caucasians Kindjal’s blades particularly Armenian and Georgian. (2) Grips are made of black wood (typical for the Caucasians Shashka and kindjal’s hilts) instead of ivory, horn or bone (3) The sword has a very good balance but is heavier then Persians shamshir’s.
MEASUREMENTS: overall length: 35 inches (89 cm), length of the blade: 30 inches (76 cm).
CONDITION: The sword is in very good condition.

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