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Superb Persian Saber Shamshir, Late 18th C.

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Metalwork: Pre 1800: Item # 1069495

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Superb Persian Saber Shamshir, Late 18th C.
A rare example of fine early Quajar-era quality and form, the heavily-gilt hilt with fluted grip, the straight,broad, single-edged blade forged of Persian black Damascus wootz steel with finely chiseled panels bordered in gold to each side of the forte: on the right is a Quranic passage, on the left two cartouches; the upper with, O Fulfiller of needs! the lower depicting the lion associated with Assad Allah, followed by a crescent moon and star inlaid in gold, light wear to gold work, Overall length 87 cm. Doing research on the sword I discovered very similar sword (design, maker,age) with curved blade,is discussed in detail and also pictured on the cover of The Arms Collecting Journal, Vol. 40 #1, 2002. The Persian Shamshir and the Signature of Assad Allah by Oliver Pinchot.

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