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art-of-swords:

Practice Swords - Tengu

Made for the practitioners of Ninpo Taijutsu could enjoy this recreation of a traditional shinobigatana that can be safely used in the dojo without risk of injury or a damaged gi.

Tengu features a longer-than-average tsuka at 1.1 shaku with a short 1.6 shaku blade, hidden by a full length rattan wound saya, the style of which was synonomous with the Yagyu-ryu, a sword school with much of its history in ninpo teachings.

The extra space in the saya would traditionally be used to both give the impression that the wielder had a longer blade and therefore had misjudged his distance, and to hide blinding powders (metsubishi) which could be flung from the saya after the draw with the free hand.

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Shamshir Sword with Enamelled Silver Mounts

  • Dated: 19th century
  • Culture: Indo-Persian
  • Medium: steel, silver, enamel, wood, leather
  • Measurements: overall length 93.5 cm

The sword has a flat, curved blade of grey damask, a silver hilt with cross-quillon finely engraved and enamelled with floral motifs. The walrus ivory grip scales, the gripstrap en suite while the wooden scabbard has leather covering applied later and features silver mounts decorated en suite.

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art-of-swords:

Mughal Khanjar Dagger

  • Dated: early 19th century
  • Medium: jade, steel, gilding, wood, silk
  • Measurements: overall length 39 cm

The grip of the dagger is carved of a single section of pale green jade with dark mottling, with swollen grip and flared pommel surmounted by with three fully-modeled clumps of grapes on vines. The surface is carved with lotuses and acanthus leaves. The recurved, double-edged blade has a central ridge forged of finely-patterned wootz with delicately-inlaid goldwork panels at either side of the forte. In its silk-velvet covered wooden scabbard with a gilt chape. 

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  1. Imperial Russian Horse Guard Regiment officer’s tunic or ‘Koller’, circa 1900.

  2. Tsar Nicholas II’s officer uniform of Her Majesty Empress Maria Fyodorovna’s Cavalry Guards Regiment, circa 1900-1910.

  3. Officer’s uniform for a court ball worn by Tsar Nicholas II, circa 1900s.

  4. Uniform of Tsar Nicholas II in the form of an officer of the Life Guards Rifle Regiment of the imperial family, circa 1903.

  5. Imperial Russian military tunic, circa 1900.

  6. Model 1907 Imperial Russian WWI 2nd Lieutenant’s tunic of ‘Kittel’
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art-of-swords:

Shamshir Presentation Sword

  • Dated: second quarter of the 18th century
  • Culture: Indian, Moghul
  • Measurements: overall length 74.5 cm

The sword has a curved, single -and false-edged blade with a central fuller. The blade was most likely produced in Malacca or Batavia) and it is marked with three circles at the forte. It has a massive, dark jade grip shaped in the typical Moghul style and enriched with silver inlays deicting floral motifs.

The silver quillon is decorated with two shells, curls and geometrical engravings, provided with stamps (an armillary sphere, symbol of the silver master, in Goa) and a snake-shaped stamp as the silver quality mark. The wooden scabbard comes with burgundy velvet cover, silver mounts with two rings; it is decorated and stamped en suite with the quilon.

Sidenotes:

  1. The Kingdom of Goa, in western India, was conquered by Portuguese in 1519, remaining a colony of the European country for four-hundred-and-fifty years, until 1961. Portuguese found manufactures of arms and art of great quality, setting up an intense commercial and cultural trade, not only of art objects then, but of craftsmen too. 
  2. The results of this peculiar union of different styles and cultures produced pieces demanded in many Kunstkammer of European courts during the 16th and 17th Century. 
  3. Goa silver craftsmen became so famous that their Portuguese colleagues had to move to Goa in order to learn the job and try to mix decorations of Eastern style with European one. 
  4. The sword presented features six times the symbol of a scallop (or Shell of Saint James), symbol of the Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela and symbol of King John V of Portugal reigning in Portugal from 1707 to 1750; the sabre is attributable to that period.
  5. The silver elements feature the stamp of the artist and the quality mark. Considering the peculiarity of this weapon, and the choice of the provenance of the blade, it was probably commissioned for an important member of the Portuguese government.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Czerny’s International Auction House S.R.L.