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A CAUCASIAN SILVER-MOUNTED SHORTSWORD (KINDJAL) , 19th century

Lot : 12

ARMS & ASIAN WORKS OF ART

Estimate: $1,000.00 - $1,500.00

Starting Price: $0.00

Condition: Excellent

Dimensions: Overall length: 30 in.

Auction Date: October 16, 2016

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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."