Object Title

Sword (shamshir) - Shamshir

Sword (shamshir) - Shamshir



Object Number



Presented by J R Gaunt and son ltd, 1956.

Physical Description

The blade of the sword is wide, curved and single edged except at the point where it becomes double edge. There are three fullers, that nearest the back terminating before the other two. The general shape of the blade suggests it may be European despite the lack of marks. It is fitted to a typical shamshir hilt with a quillon block of normal form, in gilded copper, carved all over with flowers. The grip is of two ivory scales, the lower part being of wound wire to hod the quillon in place. There is a long red sword knot terminating in large heavy tassles, with gilt metal covers, from which depend two smaller tassles.


Dimensions: The length of the blade is 890 mm, the overall length of the sword being 1020 mm. Weight: The weight of the sword is 1.15 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Persia