Original Georgian Caucasian Shashka with Persian Style Blade & Ornate Niello Decorated Fittings circa 1870
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Original Item: One of a Kind. This is just lovely and comes from the Collection of a Russian immigrant to the U.S. This truly lovely SILVER mounted sword is all decorated in Niello work of carved silver, with blued intricate finish on both the totally silver covered hilt or grip and on the extensive silver mounts on the scabbard.
The hilt is SIGNED in Georgian script which translates to “SIMON DANELLA”, a well documented Sword Maker of the Victorian era circa 1860-1880. This signature is located on the sloped bolster where the hilt meets the blade on the right hand side of the sword.
In total length it measures 37″ with a 31 1/2″ curved blade, which has two large fullers running its entire length, typical of the style. The blade looks to be made of Persian-style “Wootz” steel, a form of laminated crucible steel, and the fullers are heavily etched with floral designs on both sides on the lower half of the blade.
The scabbard in leather covered wood in a rich plumb color with FOUR Niello Silver mounts, the second from top retaining its original leather belt loop, the third from top retaining it’s original suspension ring. Together with the substantial top and bottom mounts all decorated to match with the most intricate Niello Silver scroll engravings.
The Sword and scabbard are in most delightful condition…