Middle east & caucasus

Very Good Silver Mounted Arab Saif

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Origin: South Arabia

Date: Late 19 C.


The word SAIF in Arabic literally means a “sword”, but it was adopted in the Arab world to many types of swords with straight blades or curved blades that spread all over the Arab world, the middle east, the Arabian peninsula  and east Africa.

The type of saif offered here is  a late 19C. vintage and coming from south Arabia, Yemen and Oman and also found in the horn of Africa and Zanzibar. The blade is curved, single edged and in a way resembles European style blades. the silver handle ends with a tilted pommel with sides protrusions and a central small cone connected with a silver chain to the silver cross guard. The leather covered scabbard is mounted with silver locket and chape and hanging band with two rings.  All silver parts are lightly chased and engraved.

Blade 20 1/2 inches (75 cm). Total length 36 inches (92 cm). Very good condition. The scabbard leather cover is later. Genuine and authentic late 19 C, sword.



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