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Uzbek kard knife

Bukhara, 19th century

Here we have a rare and large sized Uzbek kard with a watered steel blade. The niello silver ferrule boarded with a set of turquoise stones in a silver carousel. (four missing) A talismanic cartouche with nastaliq calligraphy. A lovely one-piece walrus grip that has darkened beautifully. The wootz bichaq blade has a narrow fuller chasing along the spine. Small chip to the cutting edge. No scabbard. Very good condition.

- Henri Moser-Charlottenfels, Orientalische Waffen, Leipzig 1912, Armes du Turkestan
- Royal Armouries, Leeds, inventory nr. XXVID.4
- V&A Collection, inventory nr. 1396&A-1903

- Robert Hales, Islamic and Oriental Arms & Armour, p.90, fig 208