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An extremely rare sword
18th cent. Hindu Basket hilt
Khanda Sosun Pattah
Fine Wootz blade
Maratha, Central India

An extremely rare sword 18th century Hindu Basket hilt antique Khanda Sosun Pattah fine wootz blade Shamshir Tulwar Maratha, Central India www.swordsantiqueweapons.com


An exceptionally rare Maratha sword. An 18th century Khanda hilted Sosun Pattah with a very fine wootz blade.

A sword type is rarely seen in either museums or private collections.

The overall length of this Sosun Pattah is 97.5cms long. It's blade length is 77cms long measured in a straight line across the spine to the tip.

The early Hindu basket hilt quillons on this sword displays some very rare architectural design elements within the metal work, features that I've not seen elsewhere on Khanda basket hilts.
The quillon lobes have been formed in to three pillars that support a six petal flower, the same petal arrangement that can be seen within the gold Koftgari on the forte. What are distinct about the pillars is the outer one shows two raised eyes at the base. Given the position of the "eyes" and the manner of the Koftgari extending along this pillar, the form looks very much like the Indian Gharial.
With the presence of these Gharial forms, what may be representations of lotus flowers, the gold elephant within wavy water like lines to one side of the quillon block and the temple within the wavy water like lines of the reverse side, a temple between pillars that resembles Vishnu's temple, it is very plausible that the iconography present on this sword is that of Gajendra and the Crocodile.
Equally plausible is the Gharial like forms are Gajendra with his trunk raised with a lotus flower being offered to Vishnu, a symbol of devotion, this may further lead to the presence of a heart shaped cutout in the supporting metalwork.

Both the hilt and blade forte and spine reinforcements retain a large amount of original gold Koftgari which is quite amazing given the age of this sword with losses more apparent on the long curved pommel spike and inner face of the pommels disc guard.
The gold grip binding and red knuckle padding, although showing some wear, they are later modern additions that historically correct inline with known examples.

The blade is of a beautiful form that is supported very well through the forte and spine. To the end of the spine bracing is seen a small avian like motif, one that's seen on Persian flint strikers and other artifacts from the 17th to 19th century.
The blades surfaces display a clear early Indian Wootz construction throughout with the highly polished cutting edge and sharpened back edge also showing clear Wootz patterns within the polished surfaces.

An exceptionally rare sword in outstanding condition for its age. A Sosun PAttah that displays very rare features and iconography and in desirable gold embellishments.

A stunning and practical work of art which is in my opinion superior the the example from the Victoria and Albert Museum which Rawson presented in his classic work on the Indian sword.

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$175.00 USD


A Telek arm dagger
An early Tuareg example
A robust fighting knife

A Telek arm dagger early Tuareg example Takouba robust fighting knife www.swordsantiqueweapons.com


A good early Telek arm dagger.

Good Telek arm daggers with age are hard to find. This example measures 44cms long in its sheath, 41.5cms out and has a blade length of 28.5cms.
The hilt is of classical cruciform styling that allows for a very strong grip in any position.
Its construction is a timber core that has been leather bound and wrapped in a thin metal wire to the fore grip and pommel. The cross section has been bound in brass wire, wire that also crosses over and around the brass tacks that decorate the grip.
It is unusual that this example also carries an oval guard that tapers over the blade.
the blade is of a very sturdy triangular cross section with a good distal taper through to the tip. it has a slightly raised forte and deep native incised lines through its surfaces.

A rare authentic tribal dagger from the Tuareg tribes of the Sahel. Circa 1900 or earlier.

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$1495.00 USD


Laos, Kaseng region
A very rare shield type

Laos Kaseng people region A very rare war shield type loux tribal thailand hide www.swordsantiqueweapons.com


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$1795.00 USD


Masdhayi Fiyohi
An exceptional example
High end status knife
19th century Maldives

Masdhayi Fiyohi An exceptional example High end status knife 19th century Maldives www.swordsantiqueweapons.com


A very fine and very rare knife from the Maldives, 19th century, Masdhayi Fiyohi.

The Masdhayi Fiyohi is the traditional knife of the Maldives. Traditionally these knives were made as this example was, with high quality materials and precious metals, dating as far back as the 17th century. Later in to the early 20th century both materials and quality diminished until the craft no longer survived beyond 1968.

Knives of this type we have presented here were only worn by noblemen and soldiers.

This example measures 29.5cms long in its sheath, 27.5cms out and has a blade length of 15cms.

The hilt is constructed from a single carved whale tooth that has been sectioned to retain the tang of the blade. The tang has been secured with 4 exposed silver rivets and likely 4 hidden rivets, hidden beneath nine silver straps to the rear and a single broad silver strap to the fore grip.
The tang is largely exposed with decorative copper and silver liners skillfully inlaid to the top of the tang.
The remainder of the knifes thick spine is expertly inlaid with silver throughout.
The knife is quite heavy for its size and is extremely robust. In profile, the blade shows a deep cut fuller running through to the start of the dropped clipped tip. Its belly protrudes and gradually narrows back towards the fore grip.

The sheath is the original ebony type with silver at both ends. The silver tip is a faithful replacement.

In our opinion, excluding the sheaths of which some carried enameled silver, those held in the National Museum in the Maldives are not as fine a quality nor display as much detail to the blade as this example does and in far better condition to the majority of the collection held within the museum.

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$895.00 USD


A very large Navaja
Robust Fightig knife
Seville, Spain 1868

A very large Navaja Robust Fightig knife Seville Spain www.swordsantiqueweapons.com


A large and functional 19th century Andalusia fighting knife dated 1868.

This large Navaja with its broad leaf shaped blade, measures 47cms long open. It is 25cms long when closed and has a blade length of 22cms long which is 5cms wide.

Of classical form, this example displays all the quality traits of an effective and proud fighting knife of the day.
The large blonde horn grip slabs and brass end caps offer a very robust grip. The blade has a 5 point ratchet that locks securely in place with a simple strong back spring.
The blade is decorated to both faces. The enameled face shows floral vine motifs whilst the reverse face displays an engraved valor phrase and the date 1868.
The spine on this example is file finished, perhaps to be utilized as a flint striker.

A very good and desirable Seville Navaja with an early manufacture date, blonde horn grip slabs and red enamel within the three fullers.

With little effort, a navaja that would grade up well if desired.

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$565.00 USD


18th Century Firanghi
India, a rare example
LONG blade

18th Century Firanghi India Mughal Kirach Tulwar Shamshir a rare example LONG blade www.swordsantiqueweapons.com


What a fantastic fighting sword!

This rare Tulwar hilted Firanghi measures 102cms long and carries a good early European blade that measures 90cms long.

The hilt on this example retains most of its original thick silver overlay. The grip is very large compared to typical Tulwar and is very easy to manage despite its size. The pommel end shows a flamboyant sun burst pattern.
The blade is of backsword form and weight being single edged and easily wielded with one hand with a length ideal for horseback.
The faces each show a double row of fullers running through to the swords back edge.
The entire sword remains in as found untouched condition. it would grade up considerably with minimal time, effort or tools and once polished, the blade and silver pommel would present most impressively.

A fantastic fighting sword in hand, one with an impressive length and capability.

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$575.00 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


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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$595.00 USD


A very fine Navaja
Albacete, Spain
19th century

A very fine Navaja knife Naife Punal dagger Albacete Spain 19th century www.swordsantiqueweapons.com


A good large Antique Navaja from Albacete, Spain.

This example measure 52cms long when opened, 29.5cms closed and has a blade length when open of 23cms to the "clam shell" bolster.
The blade is a sturdy fighting type that displays a fine clipped back edge and upswept tip.
The surfaces of the blade are engraved to both sides which display red enamel filling te vine motifs.
An unusual aspect of this blade in profile is at the base where a small notch has been perfectly formed, for what purpose I do not know.
The handle is comprised of very fine and well selected blonde horn grip slabs that are decorated with both well formed decorative brass inserts through the mid section and fine brass pin-work above and below the decorative plate, pins that add to a more positive grip.
The ends are capped with brass plate which engraved in a traditional manner.
The back spring is extremely strong and hold in place a 5 tooth ratchet.
The knife retains a pair of very old collection stickers which outline an inventory number and description.

A very good fighting Navaja from the 19th century.

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$525.00 USD


Albacete Navaja
97cms open
Exhibition size
Engraved blade
Early example

Albacete Navaja Madrid Seville 97cms open Exhibition size Engraved blade Early example www.swordsantiqueweapons.com


A large 19th century Albacete Navaja.

Closed this Navaja measures 51cms long, open it is 97cms long.
The handle is thick rolled brass with simple designs engraved to its surfaces. The brass body is supported by a a very thick and strong back spring that runs for two thirds of its length.
The blade has a 13 tooth ratchet. Its left face has three rudimentary fullers and a line of small Spanish script above and floral decorations below. The right face in plain. The tip of the blade has a long deep clipped tip and false back edge that is 20cms long.
The Navaja is at fault in that the flat of the locking back strap has worn through with use and age but it thick enough at the sides that a competent craftsman could restore this with ease.

A good rare large size.

Make a reasonable offer.

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$495.00 USD


A rare Chinese spearhead
Very large and heavy
A very rare polearm type

A rare Chinese spearhead Very large and heavy A very rare polearm sabre sword axe shield www.swordsantiqueweapons.com


A very rare Chinese pole arm type.

This large and heavy halberd head measures 90cms long and just over 18cms wide.
The broad and unusual spearhead is of a type very rarely seen. At the base of the spear head, to each side, are two protrusions that curve deeply forward, a feature reminiscent of the Monk's spade but with deadly addition of a broad armour piecing spear point.
The head is both pinned and hammer forged into the finely forged and very decorative shaft.
The mounting shaft is of a thick tapering hollow section that runs for approx 30cms before it takes on its decorative aspects of solid forged metalwork that shows tapering octagonal sections that morph in to a diamond cross section and ultimately a rectangular cross section. Each graduation of cross section is separated by both raised and recessed cut steel bands.

A very rare type and a very formidable weapon.

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$1595.00 USD


A very fine Knife
Gaucho Presentation
Brazil, 19th century
Exceptional features

A very fine Knife Punal Naife cuchillo dagger clipped Bowie knife Gaucho Presentation Brazil 19th century Exceptional features www.swordsantiqueweapons.com


A very fine and very rare exhibition/presentation grade Brazilian Gaucho knife. European export for the South American market.

This outstanding knife measures 33cms long in its sheath, is 31cms overall and has a blade length of 20cms inclusive of the bolster.
This is one of those cutler's exhibition grade examples that encompasses so many fine aspects of the knife making craft.
This example, upon insight gained from very knowledgeable published collectors, it is likely Belgium made for the export market to South America, however, through further discussion, given the specific blade type, there could also be Italian influence as was often also found within Gaucho knives.
The extremely decorative hilt is gold plated and set with garnets. All surfaces are so very well and deeply engraved and the level of crispness and detail is exceptional.
The clip point bowie style blade retains a very sharp and original non sharpened edge. Its block forte is pierced and engraved to reveal a rampant winged mythological beast, possibly a Griffin. The spine at the forte is engraved, whilst the rest of the spine towards the clipped tip is file finished in classical Spanish style. The blade surfaces remain in a bright full mirror polish with only minor age related wear.
The sheath is an exceptional work of art. Like the hilt, the level of detail is simply outstanding. The outer face is covered in deep engraved relief work displaying floral motifs and tendrils whilst the reverse displays a large pierced central cartouche to which a winged angel is flying within. The large belt clip is also pierced and engraved in deep relief

An exceptional and unique example of a very high quality exhibition grade Brazilian Gaucho knife that displays masterful work throughout.

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