Rare, authentic antique, 18th century, Polish nobleman sword, Karabela.
This Rare Karabela Sabre is ex- Phillips; and is published in the Phillips catalog Arms, Armour & Modern Sporting Guns July 4th, 1991. LOT.92.
Please see the picture attached to the listing
We will provide the buyer with an actual catalogue of the sale together with a certificate of authenticity.
A hilt composed of a solid ebony wood grip, of characteristic Karabela form carved in low relief with a vertically grooved pattern, enclosed by two chevrons. A beveled solid steel cross-guard with bud shaped terminals and langets.
A long, slightly curved, massive blade, cut on each face with a broad full-length fuller and a short slender fuller along the back-edge, engraved on both sides with a typical 18th-century pattern, a crescent moon with face amongst the stars, rayed sun and the arm holding a saber, which comes out of the clouds.
In its original leather-bound and stitched wooden scabbard, mounted with large, shaped chape iron locket, and band with loops for suspension.
PROVENANCE: This rare Karabela sword comes from an old Canadian collection of Polish antiques and art, including antique arms and armor, and had been purchased by the previous owner on July 4th, 1991, in one of the most world reputable Auction Houses - Phillips – London, it is published in the Philips catalog Arms, Armour & Modern Sporting Guns July 4th, 1991. LOT.92 (picture attached to the listing).
The listing also includes a photo of this sword with other swords from this collection of Polish swords, taken at the time of purchase (the first sword on the left).
We will provide the buyer with photocopies of the pages from the mentioned references and a certificate of authenticity.
CONDITION: Age and usage are showing; the iron cross-guard and the iron scabbard fittings are pitted, the wooden ebony grip cracked and slightly chipped, the leather on the scabbard very dry, engravings on the blade slightly worn. However, the sword is in good condition considering its age to be over 250 years old.
Due to the reflection of light and the large size of the sword we could not get a better focus, so the pictures do not show good detail of the sword nor the quality of the engravings on the blade.
During the 17th and 18th centuries, the Polish Karabela swords were made in two versions: costume parade karabela and combat karabela. This one is a typical combat karabela sword.
Overall length: 103.5 cm (40.75 inches).
Overall length without the scabbard: 96.7 cm (38.7 inches).
Length of the blade: 83 cm (32.68 inches).
Width of the blade at the widest point: 4.2 cm (1.62 inches).
The thickness of the blade spine: 10 mm (0.39 inches)
Antique 17th-18th century Polish arms and armour were always considered as the scarcest antique military objects, rarely appearing for sale, and they are almost impossible to acquire.
Unfortunately, with a big demand on authentic, 17th-18th century, Polish arms and armour in the last decades, there have appeared on the market many reproductions of historical Polish arms and armour, including swords, maces, war hammers, helmets, armour. Most of these reproductions are made by craftsmen in USA and also in Poland and Lithuania. These objects, in many cases, are very well made and professionally aged, corroded, and damaged, to look old, and for inexperienced collectors look the same as authentic artifacts.
These reproductions do not have any historical or investment value.
This is an example of a rare authentic antique, 18th century, Polish sword and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.