Middle east & caucasus

Very Fine and Rare Greek / Balkan Shamshir Sword

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Origin: Epirus, Greece

Date: 19 C.

This unusual fine shamshir sword is  coming from Epirus  located in North West Greece  or neighboring Albania or other Balkan states.

Fine deeply curved blade, forged from Sham watered steel ( forging common to various regions of the ottoman empire). The silver handle is bound with tight twisted silver wire , silver rosettes, and silver pommel in the shape of a open mouth monster head with red stones eyes (May be a snake head). Gilded cross guard and a short silver chain connecting the cross guard to the pommel tip. heavy silver scabbard, deeply chased on its entire length with gilded and chased  bands for carrying rings. The top part of the scabbard is enameled in green color. Green enamel is also common to  sword and daggers from the region.

Blade 28 inches long. Total length 34 inches. Very good condition. The hinged top cover of the scabbard forte is missing. Authentic and rare  19C. shamshir

Several swords from  Epirus with similar lines and decoration styles are  shown in Robert Elgood book ” The Arms of Greece”  pages 232-237
Price: On request

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