Lot 235
  • 235

An Arabian saif with gold hilt and mounted scabbard, Arabian Peninsula, 19th/early 20th century

8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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  • gold, steel, wood, leather
  • 100cm.
the curved steel blade with flat back edge, hilt of typical shamshir form, worked in gold with applied wire-work and filigree scrolling geometric design, cross-guard with stylised floral motifs and bud-form quillons, fine chain running between hilt and cross-guard, leather-covered wood scabbard mounted with gold metal lock decorated en-suite, the gilt metal chape and suspension loops with chased and engraved floral designs

Catalogue Note

This Arabian saif (curved sword) applied with gold mounts was most probably intended as a presentation gift. A comparable sword is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, presented to Lord Athlone in 1928 by Ibn Saud (see Elgood 1994, p.22, no.2.18). A similar sword was sold in these rooms, 6 October 2010, lot 303.