A Persian sword, scabbard and sleeve,signe on the blade, 94cm long.
Lot 106Y
An Ottoman silver-mounted sword with inscribed Safavid blade Turkey, 18th and 19th Century(2)
Sold for £1,875 (US$ 3,005) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Persian sword, scabbard and sleeve,signe on the blade, 94cm long.
An Ottoman silver-mounted sword with inscribed Safavid blade
Turkey, 18th and 19th Century
the curved blade of watered steel, with inlaid gold inscription cartouches either side, the hilt with horn facings, curving pommel and crossguard with bud quillons, the leather-covered scabbard with the lock and chape incised with foliate motif borders
94cm. long(2)

Footnotes

  • The inscriptions comprise: in the lobed tear-shaped cartouche; bandeh-ye shah-e velayat soleyman; 'The servant of King of trusteeship, Sulayman'; in the horizontal cartouche: 'Work of Asadullah Isfahani'; in the square, 4 letters that make the talismanic word buduh.

    There are two Safavids with the name Sulayman: Sulayman I (1077-1105/1666-94) and Sulayman II (1163/1750), the latter a governor under the Afsharid dynasty.

    This composite sword illustrates the common practice of re-using blades which were of special importance or high quality.
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