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A gold-hilted sword (saif) and scabbard, Arabian Peninsula, circa 1900

A gold-hilted sword (saif) and scabbard, Arabian Peninsula, circa 1900

A gold-hilted sword (saif) and scabbard, Arabian Peninsula, circa 1900

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


100cm. 

The steel blade with small marks of pitting, some erosion particularly near cutting edge resulting in discoloration, some minor patches of oxidisation, horizontal scratches, some minor rubbing and dents to extremities of quillons, some ware to scabbard, notably leather sections, as consistent with age and use, minor dents to mounts on scabbard, as viewed.


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This lot should not bear a Warehouse symbol and will remain at New Bond Street after the sale.
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.