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Sulawesi Sumatran Java Bali Keris Kris Kriss Pedang Perang sword antique swrod weapon Klewang sabre saber Malay Keris www.swordsantiqueweapons.com



Stock No..
s910


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Argentinian Gaucho knife
South American Cowboy
impressive sized knife
Silver dressed
An outstanding Punal

Argentinian Argentina Brazil Chile Gaucho knife South American Cowboy A strong, large & impressive Cowboy knife Silver dressed An outstanding Punal www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A release from my personal collections

Very rarely are large, non mass produced South American Gaucho knifes found for sale in the market.

The South Americas wild frontier equivalent of the Bowie knife, this impressive example measures 51.5cms long in tis sheath and 48.5cms out.
The blade length is 35.5cms long excluding the thick round faceted bolster.
The hilt is a tapering octagonal type, made from thick sheet silver that is capped at the pommel through which the tang is peened over a small raised silver Capstan.
The blade is a durable thick forged type with distal taper to the cutting edge and tip. The back edge is sharpened for over half its length and both it and the main edge are razor sharp.
Between the back edge and the bolster, the blades faces are decorated in scrolling designs.
The knifes sheath is thick black leather with silver fittings to the top, bottom and edges. The very tip of the sheath, there can be seen stylised cattle heads at either side.

A very fine and formidable knife, being both the daily working mans knife and a deadly fighting knife of very good quality.

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Stock No..
s222


SOLD

 



A very special release
From my personal collections
A exceptional example
Central Asian Sabre
Large and heavy Cavalry sword
in original polish

Central Asian Sabre Turkman turkmanistan Afghanistan Bukhara Cossack A very special release From my personal collections A exceptional example Central Asian Sabre Large and heavy Cavalry sword in original polish example www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very high quality example of a Central Asian 'Shashka'.

Overall this piece measures a little over 101cms in the scabbard and 97cms long out with a 83cms long blade when measured in a straight line.
The hilt is of bone slabs secured with three rivets, an iron bolster and upper and lower simple grip straps.
The blade is of unusually high quality, it shows a two step block forte, a lovely rounded spine up to where the deeply carved fullers end, from there is narrows to form a false edge that tapers down to the central medial ridge at the tip. The cutting edge is still razor sharp and the blade reamins in its original high polish.
The fine scabbard with thick silver fittings is entirely covered in floral and tree like motifs, the throat and upper suspension fittings have a thick rope like border to their top as does the base of the upper suspension lug.
Although now worn with age and use, the velvet appears to be the origianal blue since new.
Similar in style and fitting styles to Gallery Inventory s169, it should be noted that s169 has a longer bolster, no grip straps and different rivet configuration to the hilt. S169 is also worn in 'Sabre' style whilst this example is worn in 'Shashka' style. Similar swords from the Central Asian areas though distinctly different.

A very rare example of a seldom seen sword type.

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Stock No..
s1303


$6995.00 USD

 



Borneo, Melanau Sadap
A extremelly rare weapon
Complete with scabbard

Borneo, Melanau Sadap A extremelly rare weapon Complete with scabbard www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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An extremely rare sword from Northern Borneo, considered to be one of the most elusive swords from the region.

This Sadap measures 74.5cms long in its scabbard. Out it measures 71.5cms long with a blade length of 58cms including its thick octagonal base.
The handle carved from a thick single piece of bone and decorated to its surfaces in writhing floral and vines motifs. The pommel is 3cms thick with a gentle taper to the long silver collar.
The silver collar is decorated in the repousse manner. Its designs are both floral and geometric to all surface areas.
The root of the blade is 2.5cms think and of a faceted octagonal nature that tapers to a distinct bend in the blade. it is from this bend that the spine remains straight while the cutting edge curves through to a 6cms wide tip.
The Octagonal root is vey well chiseled and carved. There are aspects that mimic twist wire and other flutes and channels that appear as a pillar being grown from an opening flower bud.
The blades back edge or spine is faceted at the bend and flattens and narrows as it reaches the tip. Each side has fullers below the spines edge and the cutting edge is razor sharp.
The unusual tip has a miniature Kampilan type protrusion to the end.
The scabbard is a rarity is itself. It is of a very dark brown timber and is bound in equally dark rattan bindings. Lashed to the upper portion is a suspension baldric covered in red cloth.

A very rare and exceptional find in such complete condition.

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Stock No..
s589


$4995.00 USD

 



A fine & rare Tanjore Pata
Late 16th or early 17th century
A very rare sword
Southern India

A fine & rare Tanjore Pata A very rare sword<Southern India Late 16th or early 17th century www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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An exceptional and very rare Tanjore Pata sword.

This fine example measures 106cms long and has a blade length of 90cms from the tip to the guard.
The hooded guard is approx 18cms long when measures at the side bars and it stands 10cms tall from the base to the top of the demons nose.
There are large ball grips within the hood, secured to the side bars but spin freely on their inner pins.
Supporting the hood is a four bar arrangement being centrally secured to the hood by a spiral domed final and decorative bars running down to the side bars.
Atop of the hood is demon like face bearing its teeth.
The long blade has well defined beveled cutting edges and a strong medial ridge and hollow forged fullers running through to the 12cms long thickened armour piercing tip. It is supported at the hilt with a 24cms long decorative languet pinned in three places with the two upper pins mounted through brass spiral rosettes that resemble eyes.

A very fine, large and rare fighting sword from the Southern Indian states, dating from the 16th -17th centuries and in exceptional condition for its age.
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Stock No..
s1401


$1195.00 USD

 



Large Omani Jambiya
Oman Jambia Rhino hilt
Fine silver work
Silver bullion thread
Massive silver rings

Large Omani Jambiya Oman Jambia Rhino hilt Fine silver work Silver bullion thread Massive silver rings www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very fine and heavy Omani Rhino hilted Jambiya or Khanjar with thick large silver belt rings.

This Jambiya or Jambia stands just over 32cms tall in its sheath.
Out it stands 31cms tall with a blade length of 20cms from the tip to under the silver edge where the base of the blade seats in to the Rhino horn handle
The Large Rhino horn hilt is inlayed with fine silver pins and two rosettes. It is bound with silver wire to the middle and retains a silver back place shaped to the horn grip. The horn section of the hilt is approx 2.5cms thick and 7cms across that tapers through the waist to a 3cm thick pommel that is over 5cms across.
The blade is of typical form, being curved, double edged and with a raised medial ridge to both sides. The blade remains in a very good state of original bright polish.
The sheath is decorated with repousse silver to the upper portions that match the silver band found to the base of the hilt.
Below this repousse silver are 4 very thick and large silver rings bound and lashed to the raised leather mid section. These rings are secured with silver bullion thread embroidered leather and thick twisted silver wire.
The lower portions of the sheath are covered with silver bullion thread and is finished in a repousse silver end cap.

A very distinguished Rhino hilted Omani Khanjar

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Stock No..
s874


$1595.00 USD

 



Wootz bladed Khanda
Thin wootz blade of early form
Stiff reinforced spine
Rare fighting type
Rare form

Wootz bladed Khanda Rare form Stiff reinforced fighting blade Shamshir www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A fine Wootz bladed Khanda or rare form.

This broad reinforced fighting sword measures just under 76cms long and carries a blade 63cms long.
The basket hilt is an early and rare type being a Khanda style basket with an Indo Muslim Tulwar pommel dome and a curved pommel spike. The langet is also of the Indo Muslim form but with shorter quillon of a seldom seen stacked quillon lobes.
The blade is of a fine Wootz type with a single cutting edge with a crisp beveled cutting edge. The back edge is not sharpened , although the arrow shaped tip shares the same crisp beveled edges. The early Wootz blade is bound is reinforced bracing to the spine, forte and for 18cms between the cutting edge and the hilt.

A very rare and good fighting sword with a quality blade, 18th century or earlier.

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Stock No..
s1531


SOLD

 



Rare Malay Keris
3 luk Patrem
Silver and Suasa pendokok

Rare Malay Keris Sumatra Bugis 3 luk Patrem Silver and Gold pendokok www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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To be updated further shortly.

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Stock No..
s1067


$395.00 USD

 



African axe
Prestige symbol of
Chieftan power
A rare Songe axe
Very fine heavy example

African axe Prestige symbol of Chieftan power A rare Songe axe Very fine heavy example www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very fine example of a Songe Chieftan axe.

This axe stands just under 38cms tall. From the back of the shaft to the cutting edge of the axe is just under 26cms long. The cutting edge is 27cms tall.
The timber shaft is completely covered in thick hammered copper. This copper sheeting is held in place by numerous copper tacks along the sides and seams. To the middle of the half of spiral strapping.
The very heavy and thick axe head shows very well manipulated iron that shows various spiral twists, loops and raised sections that display human faces to either side.

A very fine example with a pleasing age patina to all aspects of this impressive axe.

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Stock No..
s1529


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Afghanistan Shamshir
An exceptional Sabre
Pierced & chiseled steel
A rare status sword
Perfect fighting type

Afghanistan Shamshir Persian Indian Mughal Central Asian exceptional Sabre Pierced & chiseled steel A rare status sword Perfect fighting type www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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An exceptional sabre from Afghanistan, Central Asia.

This Afgani Shamshir measures 95cms long from tip to tip in its scabbard. Out of the scabbard it is 91.5cms long with a blade length of 78cms.
The hilt is a large and exceptional pierced and chiseled steel type complete with its original steel lanyard ring. The grip section is bound with silver wire to each end and the decorative central boss on the quillon block carries an eight petal silver rosette to each side.
The blade is in full polish. It has a long central fuller running beneath the spine and is hollow forged throughout the blade. The blade's tip is slightly broader and carries a false edge. The blade is stamped with the Gurda quality mark to one side, a mark seen on higher quality blades from the Caucasian mountains and Central Asian regions.
The scabbard fittings are both engraved and chiseled and remain in exceptional condition. The scabbard timbers are bound in a twine like material and sealed in a black resin.

A very fine sword in exceptional condition and of a quality and type seldom seen.

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Stock No..
s1352


$525.00 USD

 



Seville Navaja
A good broad example
Blonde horn hilt

Seville Navaja A good broad example Blonde horn hilt www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A good large Seville Navaja.

This large and broad Navaja measures 47.5cms long when open. Closed it measures 25.5cms.
The body of the grip is made from a very well selected blonde bull horn and capped with decorative bras panels to each end.
The large leaf shaped blade is just over 5cms across and it retains its full needle tip.
The blades surfaces show a rubbed engraved floral design of typical Seville styling.
The back edge is file finished.

A good large 19th century Spanish fighting knife.

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Stock No..
s1532 & s1533


$2995.00 USD

 



Thailand, Old Siam
Very rare fighting swords
Samrit metal hilts
Very rare blade types
19th century or earlier
Early Krabi Krabong Dhaab

krabi krabong swords Thailand Thailande Old Siam Laos very rare pair of fighting swords Samrit metal hilts Very rare blade types Rare 19th century swords www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A fine and rare pair of matched swords from Thailand.

These swords each measure 86.5cms long with blade lengths of 57cms.
The hilts are repousse samrit metal types decorated in traditional floral and Deity motifs with the pommels being traditional bulbous ends.
The golden coloured hilts remain in excellent condition throughout and retain their original golden hue.
The blades are 4cms wide at the base and up to 6cms wide through the belly.
The spines are thin but the blades are stiff, well tempered types with minimum flex. The swords have distal taper through to the cutting edge and slightly through to the upswept tips.

A rare and well balanced pair of sword that display high end samrit hilts and rare flamboyant blade types of an early form.

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Stock No..
s1333


$1695.00 USD

 



Chinese sabre
Rare old sword form
Provenance
First Opium war

Antique Chinese sabre dao Rare old form Provenance First Opium war www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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An early 19th century sabre of rare form and provenance.

This Chinese sabre measures 86cms long in its scabbard.
Out of its scabbard it measures just under 83cms long with a blade length of 66cms.
The hilt is string bound with a red lacquer covering. It is capped with simple metal fittings and a simple iron cup guard.
The blade is of a very rare form. It is 4.5cms wide at the guard and both curves and tapers forward to 3.5cms wide just short of the raised yelman. At this point the blades tip sweeps upwards with the raised back edge following in an upswept manner.
The scabbard is red lacquer bound timber with simple metal suspension fittings.
To one side of the scabbard remains a pasted paper collection tag dated 1849 which indicates this sword was taken from a Chinese soldier during the previous war, indicating to the first Opium war and the boat the new owner was attached to.

A near complete Chinese sword of rare form and an even rarer provenance.

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Stock No..
s1470


$2595.00 USD

 



A South Indian or
Singhalese Sang Spearhead
A very old and rare form
seldom seen for sale
Late 16th - 17th century
For the advanced collector

A South Indian or Singhalese Sang Spearhead A very old and rare form seldom seen for sale Late 16th - 17th century Kastane Khanda Sri Lanka www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A South Indian or Singhalese Sang Spearhead
A very rare form of massive proportions, late 16th century.

This museum quality spearhead measures 52cms tall. It has a blade length of 32cms long which is 8cms across the base and has a cross section thickness of 1cm through the broad tip.
The quad fullered characteristically curved double edged blade remains sharp and carries a full tip. It remains in 100% original and untouched condition throughout and is in such a rare state of preservation.
The heavy blade is sandwiched between two very thick chiseled langets that are the form of double Yali to both sides, clearly seen with their faces being at the blades edge and the plumages running in to the central fullers.
The blade and these Yali sit atop of a very thick and heavy socket of hand carved and chiseled steel that shows detailed work that these ealry South Indian craftsmen are famous for.
This form, by design doubles as a very effective single or double handled short sword which would deliver a devistating blow.

A very rare spear head of massive proportions.

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Stock No..
s1251


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A fine Afghan Sabre
Kilij style blade

A fine Afghan Sabre Kilij style blade www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A fine example of a 19th century Afghanistan fighting sword.

This heavy sabre measures just under 85cms long. The blade length is 72cms long.
The hilt entirely blackened as would have been the scabbard if present as seen on examples within the SOLD page. This blackening of fittings was a necessary measure to stop sunlight shining off metal ware that would reveal a person's whereabouts under the harsh sunlight of the region.
The quillons of this sabre are a more unusual variant being a large dragon like mouth opening to reveal a hollow interior. Example are known to have a red fabric like twine sit within these openings, perhaps to resemble fire with the creatures mouth.
The heavy fighting blade is of good quality. It has an Indian block ricasso, a strong beveled cutting edge and a raised yelam and false back edge.

A fine example of an unusual variant of the Afghanistan sabre or Pulwar as it is sometimes referred to.

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Stock No..
s1444


SOLD

 



South Sumatran Rawet
Very fine example
Carved hilt and scabbard
Horn collar

South Sumatran Rawet Sumba Kabeala Very fine example Carved hilt and scabbard Horn collar www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very fine and rarely seen large knife from Southern Sumatra.

This example measures 42cms long in its sheath. Out is measures 39.5cms long and carries a heavy blade that is 28cms long and just under 4cms wide across the belly.
The hilt and pommel are expertly carved timber and display a very fine warm old patina. The base of the hilt is wrapped in a thin black horn collar.
The blade has a makers stamp to the laft face and a very unusual Kukri like cut out below this mark.
The blade is a slightly forward curving type with the straight back edge. It broadens through the belly and its back edge is sharpened.
The sheath is also carved in the same manner as the hilt and lightly carved to the base. It is bound by three straps of dark plaited rattan. The rear has a raised carved section with two holes that retains two pieces of very old twine, likely used for suspension.

A very rare knife or machete/chopper from the Jambi, Riau or Palembang.

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Stock No..
s1504


$795.00 USD

 



Sumatran klewang
A very fine and rare sword
Pamor blade
Silver inlayed blade

Sumatran klewang A very fine and rare sword Pamor blade Silver inlayed blade keris Java Malay www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very fine and rare South Sumatran Klewang.

This silver hilted Klewang measures 49cms long and is 8.5cms wide across the tip of the blade.
The silver hilt is expertly chassed throughout and displays several different native motifs. The base of the blade is wrapped in silver very much akin to the tonkou found on many Chinese swords. Atop of this silver wrapping sits a thicker shaped and engraved section of silver.
The blade is a forward curving type with a broad blade tip. There is distal taper from the base through to the tip and the cutting edge and the spine is inlayed 20 thin silver strips in a 3/2 alternating pattern.
The blade surfaces are of a grey Keris like Pamor that show various longitudinal patterns and a clear central circle motif at the tip.

For a comparable Klewang, figure 265 of page 70 of Zonneveld's Traditional weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago.

A very rare Klewang type likely of status and a ritual nature.

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Stock No..
s1439


SOLD

 



Sikkin Panjang, Sumatra
Damascus blade
Rare fittings
Great engraved ink design

Sikkin Panjang sword sabre Keris Sumatra Damascus blade Rare fittings Great engraved ink design www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very good Sumatran sword, Sikkin Panjang with a very fine blade type.

This sword measures 76.5cms long in its scabbard.
Out it is 68.5cms long with a 57cms long blade inclusive of the stem ring.
The hilt is carved and decorated horn of the Hulu Rumpung type.
The 9 petal stem ring widens in to a very good Damascus or pattern welded blade of typical form and construction. Clear blade patterns are seen in the steel on both sides and the multiple layers of steel used in its construction are seen stacked when looking on to the spine of the blade.
The scabbard is at fault with loss of the timber to the throat and a split in on if the upper metal fittings binding the scabbard. The front face of the timber scabbard is expertly engraved and ink filled with deeper relief to the throat area.
The metal bindings used on this example are a rare tpe seldom seen.

A very nice and well priced example of a North Sumatran Sikkin Panjang.

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Stock No..
s1508


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A rare Yemen Jambiya
Rhino and silver hilt
Jehaz, Western Yemen

A rare Yemen Jambiya Rhino and silver hilt Jehaz Western Yemen Mecca Jambia Saudi UAE Jambia Khanjar www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A fine and rare Western Yemen Jambiya.

This Rhino hilted Jambiya measures 38cms long in its sheath.
Out it is 33cms long and has a blade length of 21.5cms long.
The hilt is silver over Rhino horn with a stone set to the top of the pommel.
The blade is of typical form with a raised medial ridge to both sides but is of a strong but thin cross section with razor sharp edges. The blade's surfaces are stained from age and use but would grade up with ease and may reveal an unusual pattern steeled blade as the construction is better than normal.
The sheath is leather over timber with raised embossed elements and a pierced and engraved sheath end in silver.

A rare Jambiya.

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Stock No..
s1400


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A very good Saidi Jambiya
Rhino horn handle
Fine silver fittings
Oman Khanjar

A very good Saidi Jambiya Rhino horn handle Fine silver fittings Oman Omani Yemen Saudi UAE Jambia Khanjar www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A good heavy 7 ring Saidi Jambiya with Rhino horn hilt.

This Jambiya measures 32cms tall in its sheath.
Out it measures 31.5cms tall and has a blade length of 19.5cms.
The hilt is very fine decorated silver over a Rhino horn core whilt the sheath is decorative silver panels and thread over a timber and leather inner.
The Jambiya is of the desirable 7 ring Saidi type and remains in good condition throughout with minor wear to the sheath end and the hilt.
The blade remains in good condition and for the most part, is in original bright polish.
There is a portion of its original belt and silver buckle to one side.

A good example of the type with a desirable style and hilt type.

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Stock No..
s761


$1795.00 USD

 



Java, Pedang Lurus
Early 19th century example
Outstanding pamor blade
Fine silver dress
Unique facial pommel with hair
Ex Personal collection
Museum quality artifact

Java Javanese Pedang Lurus Early 19th century example Outstanding pamor blade Fine silver dress Unique facial pommel with hair Ex Personal collection Museum quality artifact www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A fine example of a Javanese Pedang Lurus, being of a very rare and old form.

This Javanese sword measures 69cms long in its scabbard.
Out of its scabbard it is 64cms long and carries a blade that is 5.5cms wide at the balde and 52cms long.
What sets this rare example apart from most Pedang seen in today's market is its age and presence of the unique silver pommel with human hair top knot and high quality blade.
The large silver pommel is expertly chased in various depths oth relief to create a very fine rendition of a Hindu Deity, likely Rakshasa. The grip is a well selected black horn and it has a silver cross guard, now loose.
The blade is razor sharp and in exceptional condition for its age. The pamor is very high contrast and perfect throughout.
The scabbard is leather over timber with decorative silver fittings tip and bottom, fitting sof the same general appearance of those seen In Zonneveld's Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago that was collected in the mid 19th century.

A very rare museum quality example, 1850 or earlier.

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Stock No..
s1415


$225.00 USD

 



A rare Pichoq
Central Asia

A rare Pichoq Central Asia Turkistan www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A small and heavy Central Asian Pichoq.

This rare little knife measures just over 22cms long with a blade length of 12cms.
The hilt is a heavy solid brass type with its sides scalloped out to accommodate for a lead silver panel and green stone or glass inlay.
The pommel and back edge retain parts of its engraved niello patterns
The blade is of typical Pichoq form with a single narrow fuller and upswept tip.

A good and very rare Central Asian knife with some condition issues as seen in the images but listed at a cheap price for the type.

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Stock No..
s1354


$3895.00 USD

 



A very fine Tulwar
Thick gold hilt
Original high polished blade
A rare untouched survivor

A very fine Tulwar Thick gold hilt Original high polished blade A rare untouched survivor www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A rare opportunity to obtain a very fine original gold hilted Tulwar with minimal wear and its blade in its original bright polish with only very minor light localised staining. The hilt remains in exceptional condition throughout with only minor age wear.

The sword measures 91cms long in its scabbard. Out it is 89cms long with a blade length of 77cms.
The floral gold work is of a very high quality and is raised well above the steel hilt. All the gold work is also engraved and where most flowers are concerned, it is double layered in gold and engraved.

The hilt is complete with its articulated lanyard ring.
The blade is rare in that it remains it its original bright polish, much akin to the way Japanese Katana are presented and the blade seen on the blue scabbard Central Asian/Sindh sabre s222 in the Gallery page.
The bright polish is further enhanced by thin frosted strip on the blade that sits just in front of the langet. This strip shows polished diagonal lines with groups of the same lines present within the polished surface under the langet.
The scabbard is original to the sword but is worn with age, wear that has protected this fine investment quality sword.
The base of the scabbard retains its original pierced and gold applied fitting with floral motifs being those that are seen on the hilt.

A very fine, complete example in a very rare original condition.

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Stock No..
s1374


$895.00 USD

 



Keris Panjang
an original old example
Sumatran sword of status
Carved & pierced hulu

Keris Kris Panjang an original old example Sumatran sword of status Carved & pierced hulu www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A fine old and original Keris Panjang.

This example measures 67cms long in its sheath. Out is is 61cms long with a blade length of just over 49cms long.
The hilt or hulu is of a very rare form of pierced and carved dark horn. The bulbous face like pommel is of a writhing floral motif sitting in a carved decorated collar beneath.
The hilt sits in a plain silver cup and a faceted silver ring beneath the cup.
The blade is very good original condition throughout. It has a pair of short fullers to the base of each side and long clear forging lines throughout that run from the base to the tip.
The sheath is of native timbers, bound with two remaining silver rings and the base retains its original dark horn end piece.

A Status Keris type that is getting increasingly harder to find in fine orignal old condition.

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Stock No..
s277


ON HOLD

 



Unique Chinese sword
8-ring Dao
Bagua engravings
A remarkable martial sword
Provenanced Peking sword

Unique Chinese sword 8-ring Dao Bagua engravings A remarkable martial sword Provenanced Peking sword www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A rare opportunity to purchase a unique martial sword with an important provenance, personal collection.

A remarkable and very rare, likely unique Martial sword, China circa 1900 or earlier with provenance.

This Chinese Dao was captured during the Boxer uprising, circa 1900, by Brigadier General G.H.Turner. It was later Donated by his daughters, the Turner sisters, and if I recall correctly a Yacht club in Victoria and later sold as public display laws changed.
The sword is a thick and heavy bladed sabre with a profile that resembles early German and European Falchions, in particular, the 15th century example seen in "Stones Glossary", page 224.
The 57cms blade is near 5cms tall at the forte and 1cms thick. It widens to 10cms just forward of the eight brass rings seen on the spine.
Each side has twin upswept fullers just below the eight rings sitting in the pierced spine. Below these fullers are two dragons chasing a flaming pearl. To the forte of each side are the Bagua or trigram symbols, both this and the dragons being very potent symbols.
The sword is noted to be an executioners sword which is often just a western misconception associated with Dao and Dadao swords but often Dadao types of swords were used in this manner as historical photos portray. The provenance and presence of heavy corrosion to the tip may indicate this was used as an execution sword as un-cleaned blood or blood rust is known to have this effect and many swords of many types were used for execution as was witnessed and photographed by Western forces in China and surrounding countries.
The hilt is of typical styling seen on sabres of the late 19th century. It has a large bulbous brass pommel and collar and a decorative Tsuba like guard with simulated bamboo edges and decorative floral motifs to the grip side. The grip is bound in mulberry paper and original cloth bindings.

A remarkable sword of very rare and unusual form.

Please note, all items with the Gallery page are examples from my personal collections. These items are not currently offered for sale but are sometimes released to the For Sale page as tastes and items vary.

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Stock No..
s1402


$795.00 USD

 



Adya Katti
18th century weapon
Coorg, South india
War Knife

Adya Katti 18th century weapon Coorg South india War Knife www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A rare broad fitting sword from the Coorg of Southern India, 18th century, gold plugged blade.

This very practical war knife measures 52.5cms long.
Its blade measures 40cms long including the thick faceted bolster and is 10cms across the blades belly.
Its hilt is of a well selected and carved horn. The grip section is checkered and pierced for a lanyard and the long tear drop shaped pommel is decorated to its edges and pinned securely beneath through a faceted silver rosette.
The base of the back edge is also checkered, likely for use as a flint striker. The thick root of the blade tapers through a thin waist and broadens through to the heavy body of the blade. It is at the top of the waist section that a gold inlayed plug can be seen, one that has the raised symbol for "Om" or the sound of the universe, being whatsoever has existed, whatsoever exists, and whatsoever shall exist hereafter.

A very rare fighting weapon as most were removed from the masses during a response to an outbreak of violence near Malappuram in 1884, the local British administration confiscated all arms, seizing 17,295 weapons of which 7,503 were guns. The Madras Museum selected a few of the better examples and the remainder were dumped into the sea (Elgood, 1995, p. 185).

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Stock No..
s1416


$1295.00 USD

 



Bali Lombok Keris
Very rare Chengkrong or Ligan

Bali Lombok Keris Ultra rare Chengkrong or Ligan Kris www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very rare Keris of wonderful proportions.

A familiar Keris with these pages, one sold several years ago as s238 and has now found its way back after a long time collectors disposes of his collections. This Keris and many other fine weapons seen here before will now again be available to collectors. The collection includes some very fine Shamshir, Kukri and Keris.

Overall in the sheath this example measures 63cms, out it is just under 60cms with an outstanding blade being just under 49cms.
The scabbard is in good original condition free from damages or losses.
The hilt is a darker wood showing a nice age patina and it shows a clear dark band through the entire middle of the hilt, this line also appears to be through the base of the hilt.
The blade is stunning. It is 75mm across the base and is 15mm thick at the central point. The spine area displays a 'fuller' of 24cms that gives this piece an appearance of haveing a 'pipe back'. From the point where the fuller ends the blades upper edge drops towards the point. The blade slightly swells to a small belly being 26mm at the narrowest point in the waist to 29mm at the point where the 'fuller' ends.
This piece exhibits stunning subtle pamor pattern work to all surfaces as seen in the photos. As it remains in original untouched conditions, it will if so chosen by the new owner, reveal stunning high contrast patterns if cleaned and etched in the traditional manner.

A very rare Chengkrong or Ligan example of Keris that I have only ever seen two of in the market place, this being the second and by far the more outstanding example.

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Stock No..
s915


$875.00 USD

 



A stunning African sword
Cameroon Grasslands
Tikar, Bamum, Bamileke
A very fine complete example

A stunning African sword Cameroon Grasslands Tikar, Bamum, Bamileke A very fine complete example www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very fine African sword, Cameroon, rare complete condition.

The African sword stands 68cms tall in the sheath.
The sheath stands 52cms tall and 17cms wide. At the widest points, across the suspension loops the width is 41cms.
A rarity to find in such complete condition, this sword retains all its original features with the exception of a few small cowries and the suspension baldric.
The sword within measures just over 60cms tall and just under 10cms across the flared tip. The hilt is carved timber with a large fluted bulbous pommel. The base is bound with heavy gauge copper wire.
The entire patina is a pleasing dry, stable and untouched patina.

An exceptional piece of African artwork, complete and retains all of the native Cameroon fabrics and design elements.

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Stock No..
s1422


$135.00 USD

 



A WWI period Kukri
A good functional Kukri
Rare blade type

A WWI period Kukri<br>A good functional Kukri<br>Rare blade type www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A good WWI period Kukri.

This Kukri measures 48cms long in its sheath. Out it is 47cms long.
The hilt is timber that is decorated with applied brass panels in a flower like style.
The rare blade type is sandwiched between the steel bolsters.
The surfaces of the blade are finished in a polished acid etched manner, similar to that seen on English regulation swords and dirks.
The imagery is of native script not yet translated, a large fish and floral motifs to the tip.
It is hollow forged and carries a very good keen cutting edge and a re-curved tip.
The sheath is a simple black leather over timber type with the tip of the sheath displaying tooled motifs.

A good and seldom seen type of Kukri.

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Stock No..
s1347


$895.00 USD

 



A fine & rare Kukri
Nepalese fighter
Very rare guard varient
Very rare Stupa pommel
Chirra blade

A fine & rare Kukri Nepalese fighter with rare guard varient Stupa pommel Chirra blade www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very rare Nepalese kukri of fighting form.

This heavy fighting kukri measures just over 55cms long in its sheath and just under 55cms out. The blade measures 38cms long from the top of the bolster to the tip of the blade.
The hilt of this formidable weapon is of a known type that is of rare form. It is of genuine Nepalese manufacture, indicated by the long stupa pommel and the bolster of the type seen on Nepalese Kora.
The presence of a practical knuckle guard is likely European influenced but could just as well be directly influenced by the many Indian sabres found within the region. The presence of the very large disk pommel suggests this.
The grip's surface is decorated with engraving placed in geometrical formations. The knuckle bow is also engraved. The disk pommel and oval quillon block or guard show scalloped edges and toward the knuckle bow on the guard ar two fang like protrusions.
The blade is of the desirable chirra type with multiple fullers. To the forte in an engraving not unlike the kaudi in design but reversed/facing upwards.
The sheath is of a typical type being black leather over a timber inner. The back of the scabbard, towards the tip has opened up like so many Kukri do.

A fine and rare fighting Kukri from Nepal.

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Stock No..
s1112


$695.00 USD

 



A good rare African shield
Turkana regions, Kenya
Early 20th century

A good rare African shield Turkana regions Kenya Early 20th century www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A fine metal shield from the Turkana regions of Africa.

This heavy fighting shield of the early 20th century measures 84cms tall, 31cms wide at the top and just under 23cms at the waist.
These steel shield seemed to have gained popularity due to the more robust nature of the earlier hide counterparts. The metal is quite thick and would easily deflect a heavy spear or sword attack.
The hammer forged construction and its design is most interesting, one that adopts a medial ridge, re-curves and forward curves.
Stitched with wire to the back of the shield is a strong timber handle and brace that runs the full length of the shield.
The entire shield displays a very fine and undisturbed age patina.

A very good example of the type.

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Stock No..
s861


$1495.00 USD

 



A very fine Silver Jambiya
A complete Asir region Sabiki
A very fine and heavy Sabik
Very thick silver

A very fine Silver Jambiya A complete Asir region Sabiki A very fine and heavy Sabik Very thick silver www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very fine large and heavy Sabik Jambiya with original bullion embroided belt.

This Jambiya measures 68cms long in the sheath. Out it is 57cms long with a blade length just under 42cms long and 6cms wide at the hilt.
The hilt and sheath are expertly constructed from a very thick and heavy high quality silver which displays a very nice blue age patina.
The blade is a very well forged type with a subtle raised medial ridge to both sides and decoration to the forte. The edges are very sharp.
Attached to this very fine Jambiya is the original leather belt, complete from tip to buckle.
There are eight medallions embroided in to the belt with geometric designs between these medallions. All thread shows to be a very fine bullion type.

A very fine and large Jambiya in outstanding condition throughout with the complete and original belt.

A museum quality example.

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Stock No..
s1054


ON HOLD

 



A rare Yemen sword
Yemeni Saif or Pallasch
Heavy fighting blade

A rare Yemen sword Yemeni Saif Pallasch Sabre Heavy fighting blade www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A good rare Yemen fighting sword.

The length of this sword is 89.5cms from end to end.
The blade length is just under 77cms long and is 3.5cms wide.
The hilt is horn with a large bulbous pommel. The guard is nickel silver with silver wire wrapping recessed flush into the horn grip.
The blade is a strong straight type with good distal taper through the spine and from the spine to the cutting edge. The width of the blade narrows gently to 3cms wide at the hatchet type tip.

A good and rare fighting sword from the Yemen regions of Arabia.

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Stock No..
s665


$245.00 USD

 



A fine African club
Knobkerrie, iwisa

A fine African club Knobkerrie, iwisa www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A fine African club of good weight and proportions.

The overall length is 65cms. The shaft is just over 55cms.
The shaft tapers from 2.5cms at the head to just under 2cms near the base where it flairs slightly for the last 8cms.
The heavy onion shaped head is 9cms in diameter and 10cms tall.
The entire Knobkerrie is a very dark rich coloured timber, being one of the many exotic timbers found in the South African regions.
The head is also of this same dark timber, though it retains a lighter contrasting colour to one side.

A fine old Knobkerrie.

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Stock No..
s1226


$1295.00 USD

 



A fine and rare knife
Bhutan
Hairpin laminated blade

A fine and rare knife Bhutan Hairpin laminated blade www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A fine and rare Bhutanese dagger.

This rare dagger measures 41.5cms long in the sheath.
Out of the sheath it measures 39cms and carries a 32cms blade.
The white metal hilt has a fluted waist grip section that is bound in ray skin and red leather. The pommel is engraved to one side with a Dorje or Thunder Bolt of Enlightenment.
The blade is a heavy strong type, typical of the regions. The blade surfaces display very clear hair pin laminations and would grade up with little effort.
The scabbard is red leather covering a timber core and remains in good condition for its age.

A fine and rare dagger typically carried in the front folds of the robes worn by knights and others of rank.

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Stock No..
s1015


$4995.00 USD

 



Chinese swords
Very rare Shuang Gao
Tiger head hook swords
Exceptional fighting swords
19th century

Antique Chinese swords Very rare Shuang Gao Tiger head hook swords Exceptional fighting swords 19th century www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very rare and exceptional pair of Chinese fighting swords.

These Shuang Gau or tiger head hook swords are a very rare find.
Both swords measure 95cms long overall. The blades, bottom spikes and crescent moons are stiff and of a flat diamond shape cross section.
The worn timber grips still retain most of the original cloth wrapping which is now also very well worn with use and age.
The swords are an all iron forged construction with a pair of "arms" and crescent moons protruding beyond the grips of each sword. Fine pattern welded forging surfaces can be seen throughout these swords as shown on the moon sections of the baldes.
These types of swords are recorded in ancient Chinese writings but where not seen and recorded by European sources until the 1870s. Various types of Gou are recorded but this type being the most common type known within Military and Martial circles from the late 1800's through to the very early 1900's.

A rare and exceptional sword type that would be the centre piece of any Chinese sword collection.

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Stock No..
s1131


$165.00 USD

 



African axe
Sierra Leone

African axe Sierra Leone www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A good African axe.

This axe stands 64cms tall. It is approx 3cms wide at the base and thickens to approx 5cms wide at the point where the metal blade runs through. The lower half is not carved but is stained with pigment while the upper half is deeply carved and incised with the incisions and top dome also stained with dark pigment.
The blade is approx 33cm across, 1cm thick and 3.5cms across the cutting edge.
The blade surfaces are well chiseled with detailed geometric designs.

A fine axe at a good price.

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Stock No..
s1311


$475.00 USD

 



A good Ethiopian shield

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A good complete Ethiopian shield.
This shield measures 42cms across and approx 16cms tall.

The shield is shaped metal with faded velvet covering to the outside, secured with white metal panels.
The entire outer surface is decorated in the traditional manner, being the mentioned white metal panels that are secured with small copper stove bolts.
The inner surface and handle are all wrapped in a red cloth including the steel handle.

A good solid Ethiopian shield from the early 20th century.

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Stock No..
s434


$8495.00 USD

 



An exceptional Tulwar
Early Indian sabre
18th century sword
With early heirloom blade
Mughal Delhi hilt
Wootz blade
Persian signed
Personal collection

An exceptional Tulwar Talwar Early Indian sabre Shamshir 18th century sword With early heirloom blade Mughal Delhi hilt Wootz blade Persian signed Personal collection www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very fine, rare and early Mughal Sword.

An exceptional find and a deeply interesting sword.

The sword measures 94cms long in the scabbard.
Out of the scabbard it measures just under 91cms long.
The blade is just under 79cms long.
The hilt is of the North Indian Delhi type, of the 17-18th century.
It is thickly decorated in high quality gold coverings, being floral designs throughout all surfaces, that are in an outstanding state of preservation when considering the age of the sword.
The blade is extremely interesting and deeply worthy of further academic study. It is a blade of earlier form and construction. The sword lacks a block ricasso that is synonymous with sword blades from India and carries a Persian number, deeply chiseled and filled with gold on the right face of the forte.
The blade's construction is of an early Wootz type, some times referred to as Sham. The watered pattern is very clear but of a lower contrast.
My thanks to the Islamic dept. of the Sackler Freer for help in translation of what remains in two of the three gold cartouches and aslo identification of the globe symbol. Translation of the large medallion shaped gold cartouche is noted as "God the Victorious one". The second large medallion cartouche read as "Abdul Razul". Unfortunately the third smaller cartouche is too worn to read as are the other aspects of the medallions but it is my hope the new owner will under scientific magnification be able to identify enough gold residue to add further data to accompany this sword. Again my thanks the Islamic dept. for identifying the globe symbol as that of Timur's banner with the reference supplied being Guy le Strange's translation of Gonzalez de Clavijo's Embassy to Tamerlane.
Whilst I personally do not believe the blade is from Tamerlane's reign, I do note that the blade is much earlier in age than the hilt. The blade is likely an heirloom blade from Persia and that the symbol of Tamerlane was a tribute and sign of Persia & Mughal India's Heritage whose forefathers were the rulers of both when Delhi was conquered in 1398.
The scabbard retains is original silver fittings with the drag being of a most unusual form. The silver retains a great deal of it mercury gilded surfaces.
For a comparable hilt and shallow blade profile, view INV# RB-17 of the Furusiyya Art Foundation Collection, noted as 17th century.

A complete, rare and exceptional sword.

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Stock No..
s1011


$225.00 USD

 



A good rare African sword
Takouba with rare blade type

A good rare African sword Takouba with rare blade type www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A good rare African Takouba, western Sahel regions.

This example complete with its original scabbard measures 90cms long. The blade length is 74cms long.
The hilt is leather over tin with losses of leather to the cross guard.
The large oval pommel is steel with four stacked domes cups held in place on the peened tang.
The blade is of native construction and very unusual form.
It is approx 5cms wide at the guard and tapers for 47cms to a width of 4cms at which point it narrows to 3cms through to the rounded tip that is 2cms wide. Each side of the blade has two simple narrow fullers running near the cutting edge.
The blade is as found and unclean, still coated in an old cosmolene covering.
The leather scabbard remains in good condition throughout with wear typical with age as seen in the images. It appears to have shrunk over time. The shrinkage does not affect the storage of the blade but the blade does slightly protrude the bottom on the scabbard.

A good and rare Takouba type seldom seen and one that is in original untouched condition and well preserved.

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Stock No..
s1192


$795.00 USD

 



A British Cavalry lance
Life guards
Early 20th century
A very fine example

A British Cavalry lance Life guards Early 20th century A very fine example www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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An outstanding example of a British Cavalry lance.

This lance measures 276cms long. Its triangular spear tip measures 31cms long, the butt spike measures 17cms long.
The shaft is made from a solid and specially selected bamboo that was imported for the manufacture of these lances, a bamboo that does not split or distort with age.
93cms below the socket of the spear head is attached, a buff leather wrist strap with a 75cm long loop.
48cms above the butt spike socket is a 47cms long section of stitched blade leather, being under arm bracing.

A very fine example of a regimental cavalry lance, free from loss or damage.

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Stock No..
s129


By negotiation and offers

 



Private European collection of Weapons

Private European collection of Weapons www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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On offer is a large diverse collection of weapons from a Private deceased estate in Italty.

Rather than buy this collection and have it shipped I am working on behalf of the owner to dispose of this collection through negotiation with interested parties.
Please find within the next page a number of nice swords and knives from various regions of the world.
Apart from stunning old origial pieces there are a number of entry level weapons too
There are lovely old shields, maces, belts, daggers, swords and old firearms. Pieces include an old Nimcha/Saif, 1767 Granediers sabre, Dhal, Pagan ritual dagger with silver hilt, Yataghan, Keris, all steel Halidie, Scottish basket hilt, Antique rifles and antique pistols, axes, Austro-Hungarian swords, Hungarian Hussars sabre, Katana, walking cane swords, various European swords, transitional rapier, Dadao, Shashka and others

Please indicate through email what items you may be interested in for further description, details and pricing.

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