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Sword of Dara Shikoh

  • Dated: 1640-1641
  • Place of Origin: Lahore, Pakistan 
  • Medium and Techniques: watered steel; gold; enamel; wood; velvet
  • Measurements: overall length: 85.1 cm, blade length: 71.7 cm, scabbard length: 73.8 cm
  • Marks and inscriptions: In tegh-e shahzada-i Dara Shokuh/Kar-i hazar khasm ba yekdam konad tamam

The very fine watered steel blade of this sword is inscribed on the back of the blade with a Persian inscription inlaid in gold stating that it belonged to the Mughal prince Dara Shokuh (1615-1659), the son and preferred successor of the emperor Shah Jahan (r. 1628-1658).

The verses may be translated as: "This sword (tigh) of the prince called Dara Shokuh/Takes care of a thousand enemies at one go". When Shah Jahan fell ill in 1658, another son, Aurangzeb, usurped the throne, had Dara Shokuh killed during a fierce war of succession and declared himself emperor with the title ‘Alamgir. 

The blade is also inlaid on one side with a gold parasol signifying its royal ownership. The sword must have been made in a court workshop, perhaps in Lahore which was a traditional centre of weapons production. A date is stamped on one side of the blade near a forte. The third digit is indistinct, but is probably ‘5’, making the date 1050 AH, or 1640-41.

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Schiavona Sword

  • Dated: circa 1700
  • Culture: Venetian, Italy
  • Medium: steel, copper, wood
  • Measurements: overall length 113.5 cm

The sword has a straight, double-edged blade with triple groove, featuring remains of inscriptions on the first part of the blade. The tang shows a sun-shaped stamps while the hilt has a thick cage-hilt, brass pommel in the shape of a stylized cat head, at the centre a high-relieved lion with a twisted, wooden grip.

Source: Copyright 2013 © Czerny’s International Auction House S.R.L.

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Indian Battleaxe

  • Dated: mid-late 19th century
  • Measurements: overall length 77 cm

The massive steel head is chiseled overall with floral work and the Hindu god Krishna flanked by two “gopis”, all inlaid in brass within pavilions topped by brass parasols. It has a steel top spike and hardwood haft.

Sidenotes:

  1. "Gopi" is a word of Sanskrit origin meaning "cow-herd girl".
  2. In Hinduism specifically the name “gopi” (sometimes “gopika”) is used more commonly to refer to the group of cow herding girls famous within Vaishnava Theology for their unconditional devotion (Bhakti) to Krishna as described in the stories of Bhagavata Purana and other Puranic literatures.
  3. Of this group, one gopi known as Radha (or Radhika) holds a place of particularly high reverence and importance in a number of religious traditions, especially within Gaudiya Vaishnavism.

Source: Copyright 2013 © Auction Flex

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Two-handed Bearing Processional Sword

  • Dated: 1599
  • Culture: German
  • Place of Origin: Brunswick
  • Measurements: overall length 189 cm / 74.4 inches
  • Provenance: Historic Collections of the Dukes of Brunswick successively at Schloss Cumberland, Schloss Blankenburg and Schloss Marienburg

The hilt now fitted with a leather-covered wood grip, features a trapeze-shaped iron pommel with ends curving towards the blade to form two small hooks, pierced with a central circular hole and etched overall with arabesques surrounding winged beasts. The flat iron quillons of spatulate form, curve towards the blade and widen and curl at their ends in opposite directions and small re-curved volutes spring from the quillons close to the blade.

The sword has large, flattened side-rings flank the blade etched with a central cartouche enclosing an acorn emerging from a heart, one side retaining an initial "B" flanked on either side with a monogram RSL within decoration en suite with the rest of the hilt. These side-rings enclose two flat guards, similarly etched on both surfaces with panels of grotesque birds within scrolling decoration surrounded with borders of dot decoration.

The blade of flattened diamond section comes with a long ricasso from which spring parrying spurs bearing the date 1599, flanking a standing figure of a musketeer on one side and a soldier bearing a lance or spear on the other. The blade then broadening with two short central fullers pierced and marked “INI” flanked by panels of decoration en suite with the hilt.

Source: Copyright 2013 © Peter Finer

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Medieval Steel Sword
Of Oakeshott XII Type
Dated: 13th-14th Century AD
Measurements: blade length 30 1/8 in. (76.5 cm.)
The sword features a broad tapering double-edged blade cut with a long fuller on each side (bent slightly in profile, one small crack), steel hilt comprising straight cross-piece of slightly faceted square sections, and strongly formed wheel pommel.

Source: Copyright 2013 © Royal Athena

art-of-swords:

Medieval Steel Sword

  • Of Oakeshott XII Type
  • Dated: 13th-14th Century AD
  • Measurements: blade length 30 1/8 in. (76.5 cm.)

The sword features a broad tapering double-edged blade cut with a long fuller on each side (bent slightly in profile, one small crack), steel hilt comprising straight cross-piece of slightly faceted square sections, and strongly formed wheel pommel.

Source: Copyright 2013 © Royal Athena

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