Origin: Near East, Syria (?).
Rare and interesting shamshir with a Hungarian style blade, which were highly prized in the Middle East and called 'Majar', from the Hungarian word 'Magyar' [Hungary]. The blade is probably a Solingen export to the Middle East. Sword is tight and well-balanced. It comes with the original scabbard. Hilt and scabbard with some damages due to age. Blade in very good condition. Dating to 18th - 19th century. Length in scabbard: 99,2 cm.
A shamshir, also called shamsher, shamsheer or chimchir (from Persian: شمشیرshamshir) is a type of sabre with a curve that is considered radical for a sword: 5 to 15 degrees from tip to tip. The name is derived from Persian: شمشیرshamshīr, which means "sword" (in general).
Blade: a curved single edged blade with two, wide fullers and the false edge (yelmen). The blade is multi-fullered, engraved with talismanic symbols of sun, moon, ornamental strap-work and floral sprays. Back of the blade is engraved with an arrow pointing towards the point of the blade, another traditional stylistic element. Length of the blade - 76,3 cm, width - 3,2 cm, thickness - 7 mm.
Hilt: brass crossguard with quillons. The upper quillon is wraped by brass wire, covering the lower part of the grip. Two grip plates of brown horn, riveted by six rivets. Brass tape covering the gap between grip plates. There is an iron tape going along grip plates. Some rivets missing, some replaced later.
Scabbard: wooden scabbard covered with leather
and brass fittings.
Condition report: good condition to the hilt and blade (with small pitting from corrosion). Scabbard with damages and replacements.
Bibliography: a very similar sword is featured in Robert Elgood's monumental book "Islamic Arms and Armour". It's dated 1740. Lot no. 12 has exactly same shape of blade, with same fullers.
АРАБСКАЯ САБЛЯ ШАМШИР С НОЖНАМИ, XVIII - XIX ВЕК
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