A large gold and silver-decorated qama
19th century, northern Iran or southern Caucasus
Broad, straight 19 inch double edged blade with deep, offset fullers etched with scrollwork; front side with deep maker's stamp above the hilt and three gold koftgari floral panels. Grip of characteristic form with dark green horn gripscales; the rivets with faceted heads and heart-shaped washers, all decorated with gold overlay. Scabbard with steel mounts joined on the front by a narrow strap and decorated with silver overlaid florals, on the front side centered by gold overlaid calligraphic panels; body of scabbard covered in later brocade cloth depicting a battle scene.
Condition: Blade cleaned at some time and showing grey metal with scattered light scratches and some very minor pitting. Hilt with minor chipping/insect damage to horn and some losses to gold overlay. Scabbard mounts showing losses to silver decoration and spotting/light pitting; small strap connecting the mounts detached; the chape with partially open seam and old repair to tip.