sentoku presentation tsuba realistically sculpted as a farmer delighted with the red-combed cockerel clasped in his arms. The piece, enameled with colors and carved and etched, conveys the excitement of the moment; eyes, double-inlaid with silver and shakudo, detailing in copper. Signed on reverse, Masayoshi. Meiji Period. Provenance: Mr and Mrs Vincent Sardi.
Indian katar, 17th to 18th century, watered steel blade with gilt steel and enamel inlaid with semiprecious stones India. The enameled handles with blossom motif in white and purple on a translucent green ground, with original fabric sheath with enameled tip, length 17 1/2 in. (44.5 cm).
Get up close and personal with a one-of-a-kind gold dagger. Dagger and sheath. Black Sea-area Central Asia, 5th century. Gold inlaid with garnet and glass; L. 14 1/8 in. (36 cm). Gyeongju National Museum, Korea, Treasure 635
Indian (Sind) matchlock, 18th century, 19th century percussion conversion, 46" flared muzzle barrel with mechanical damask spiral pattern throughout. The thickened breach with incised lattice pattern, probably talismanic. Integral opened sight, wood stock with deeply curved rear and dramatically flared butt the tips sheathed in red pigment inlaid segments with additional plain and matching overlays ahead. The fore stock with chiseled brass bands and cap. Drum conversion with handmade lock.
Pugio (dagger) sheath, early 1st Century AD, excavated in a military barrack block on East Bight in Lincoln. Iron with inlaid silver and copper wire decoration. The iron corrosion that originally covered the whole sheath has been left in place at the terminal end.
Dagger (khanjar) of Emperor Aurangzeb (reigned 1658–1707) and sheath India, Mughal empire, Dated 1660-1661 Arms and Armor; daggers Light green nephrite jade hilt; steel blade inlaid with gold; wood sheath covered in velvet with metallic thread