- Dated: circa 1800
- Place of Origin: Balkans
- Measurements: overall length 39.5 cm
The dagger has a strong, single-edged, iron blade with a deep fuller. The iron hilt features an “S”-shaped quillon with beaded grooves, small angled and a drop-shaped pommel. The bone grip has scales engraved with geometrical motifs painted in red and on both sides there are three original, Persian, golden coins from the first part of the 18th Century. The bone scabbard comes with iron ring-nut decorated en suite. Sidenotes:
- This dagger, probably made before the Crimean War for a tribal chief of a Black Sea society, features Persian golden coins from the first part of the 18th Century, and in particular from the period of Shah Soltan Hosseyn Safavid (1694-1722) and Nader Shah Afshar.
- The front surface features the inscription in Arabic “The whole world has become ephemeral and without any need for gold and silver to the right rule of the hidden iman, the owner of time”, the rear one marked “Zarb-e Mobarake” (royal mint).
Credits to: Art of Sword