The gem-set kundan decoration on the hilt bright, parts of incising of design still visible in the jade, some erosion to foil backing of stones although these remain bright and colourful, the blade with minor nicks along one edge and some scratches and oxidisation, the wooden scabbard worn, edges broken, losses to velvet covering, notably along these edges, the mounts in good condition with some hairline scratches to enamel, slight oxidisation to foil backings, as viewed.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."