A gem-set jade-hilted steel Sword (shamshir) India, 19th Century(2)
Lot 384
A gem-set jade-hilted steel Sword (shamshir) India, 19th Century(2)
£10,000 - 12,000
US$ 17,000 - 20,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
A gem-set jade-hilted steel Sword (shamshir)
India, 19th Century
with curving and tapering watered steel blade, decorated with a gold inlaid cusped medallion containing inscriptions, the jade hilt with curved pommel set with rubies, the quillons in the form of a cross guard with gold inlay decoration, with velvet mounted scabbard and jade terminal
102 cm. long(2)

Footnotes

  • This sword has a particularly attractive blade. The watered steel pattern on the blade is known as 'Kirk-Narduban'. For further examples of this type of pattern, see Leo S. Figiel, On Damascus Steel, New York, 1991, pp. 34-35.
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