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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 180

    A COSSAK SWORD (SHAKSHA)

    CAUCASUS, 19TH CENTURY, THE BLADE EUROPEAN 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A COSSAK SWORD (SHAKSHA)
    CAUCASUS, 19TH CENTURY, THE BLADE EUROPEAN 18TH CENTURY
    The straight single-edged European blade with upper spine and various grooves, etched with floral sprays, mounted cavaliers and a latin motto "amor vincit omnia" (love conquers all), the hilt of typical form decorated with panels of gilt scrolling arabesques combined with niello inlaid similar designs divided by panels of plaited wire, the leather covered wooden sheath with four similarly decorated mounts, very slight denting, generally good condition
    Overall 41in. (104cm.) long


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    This sword uses an earlier German or Hungarian blade of the third quarter of the 18th century.

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