18 June 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 1,375
GBP 1,200 - GBP 1,500
A TURKISH SIVER-MOUNTED SHAMSHIR
With watered blade etched and gilt with three calligraphic cartouches on each face, the hilt with silver guard fitted with rhinoceros horn grip-scales (grip mounts damaged), in its original leather-covered scabbard with engraved silver mounts, and struck with silver marks and a tughra throughout.
31¾in (80.7cm) blade
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