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Lot 0012
Caucasian shortsword with broad double-edged blade formed with an off-set fuller over the greater part of its length on each face, the front decorated with scrolls of foliage at the tip and over the forte, the latter beneath a panel of script and struck with a star-shaped bladesmith's mark, iron hilt encased in silver beadwork, fitted with a pair of horn grip-scales retained by iron rivets over silver washers, probably coins, in its leather-covered wooden scabbard with large silver locket and chape each chased with flowers and foliage, the locket with a calligraphic panel top and bottom and fitted with an iron band for suspension beneath decorated with gold and silver flowers. The inscriptions read 'as hush-e falatun damesh tiztar / as abru-ye deldar khun-riztar', in translation, "It's blade is sharper than the wit of Plato, And sheds more blood than the eyebrow of the beloved."
19th century
Overall length: 30 in.



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Estimate $1,000 - $1,500Oct 16, 2016