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Physical Description

The sword is fitted with a straight double edged blade having two long fullers each side. The fullers are etched with a repeating pattern of gothic strapwork and stylised plant forms. On one side, this design is partly replaced by an inscription in armenic.
The I shaped hilt is of pale rhino horn terminating in a domed button of silver gilt decorated with strapwork in niello.
The scabbard is of leather covered with purple velvet with two holes pierced through the back near the throat, one of which retains a short length of leather thong. Around the scabbard are ten silver bands with beaded edges variously decorated with interlaces,foliage and swirls. The chape is long, silver gilt and chased with stylised foliage.


Dimensions: The length of the blade is 793 mm, it is 40 mm wide at the forte. The overall length of the sword is 925 mm and the scabbard is 936 mm long. Weight: The weight of the sword is 1.28 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

On one side of the forte is a stamped Lion of Judah and Depose and S. TERZIAN


Places Abyssinia


A very similar sword was described and photographed in an e-mail by a Mr Birchwood in June 2001 on prestwich@easdale.fbusiness.co.uk. The term Depose stamped on the forte refers to the fact that the design is registered.