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Lot 280: AN IVORY-HILTED SWORD (SHAMSHIR) WITH TURQUOISE-SET SILVER SCABBARD AND BELT FITTINGS, PROBABLY BUKHARA, DATED 1275 AH/1858-9 AD |
19 October 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: the curved single-edged steel blade with gold inscriptive cartouche on the forte and stamped, the hilt with marine-ivory grips and gold-overlaid decoration on pommel and cross-guard, the silver scabbard with nielloed foliate design and gilt floral highlights with incised details and inset coral borders to one side, the other side with engraved scale-motifs, with felt belt set with medallions decorated en-suite with niello and gilt details and turquoise
In good overall condition, minor break to tip of blade, some minor patches of oxidisation and light scratches, the hilt with some hairline cracks to marine ivory and oxidisation to cross-guard and mount at tip. Scabbard in good general condition, some rubbing to gilt details and light scratches, few minor turquoise-stones missing, the felt belt worn with some discoloration, many of the turquoise stones missing from the belt-fittings, 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.
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Saleroom Notice: This lot contains ivory. US regulations restrict the import of elephant ivory and prohibit the import of African elephant ivory. Sotheby's will not assist buyers with the shipment of this lot into the US.