An historic gem-set and gilt silver-mounted Islamic saber attributed to Tipu Sultan and captured at the Siege of Seringapatam in 1799
probably Turkish, 17th century
The broad, curved 32 1/2 inch blade with six narrow fullers below the spine, the upper two terminating at the base of the yelman, the other meeting at a point 4 inches below the blade tip. Gilt crossguard chased with florals, the quillons of hexagonal section extending to domed finials. Grip covered with engraved, gilt-silver plates. The scabbard covered with gilt-silver plates chased with scrollwork and borders, the front set with thirteen badly abraded precious and semi-precious stones. The reverse covered in dark shagreen, the throat inscribed Taken from/Tippoo Saib(sic)/Seringapatam/1799.
Condition: Blade has been cleaned and shows light scratches and some very minor pitting. Hilt with wear to gilt finish, the grip with losses to wood and metal. Scabbard with minor marks and some light wear to gilt finish.