Antique 18th Century Polish Sword Karabela Saber
The rare, authentic antique, the second half of the 18th century, Polish sword, Karabela, with slightly curved wide and very sharp single-edged blade, with the false edge at the back toward the point, cut on each face with a broad full-length fuller. A hilt comprised of characteristic Karabela form, grip, secured to the blade's tang by three steel rivets with faceted heads. Enclosed by steel straps with the small loop on the pommel for the chain. A recurved steel crossguard with the langets and beveled bud shaped terminals with a small loop for a chain.
In its original wooden scabbard bound in hand-stitched leather and mounted with a large, iron mounts. Polish swords with this type of blade and the recurved cross guard has been used in Poland during the second half of the 18th century.
1. An 18th century Polish sword with different grip but with identical crossguard which look like was made by the same maker is in the collection of the Lubuskie Muzeum Wojskowe w Zielonej Gorze, published on the front cover and the first page of the expositions catalogue “Szable w zbiorach Lubuskiego Muzeum Wojskowego: wystawa czasowa, maj - sierpień 2000", Włodzimierz Kwaśniewicz; Lubuskie Muzeum Wojskowe w Zielonej z/s Drzonowie. Wydano [Zielona Góra: Lubuskie Muzeum Wojskowe, 2000].
2. Katalog zbiorow wiek XVIII. Muzeum Wojska Polskiego w Warszawie Page 19, Tablica I. “D” Szabla oficera pułku strazy przedniej circa 1770.With recurved crossguard and langets, slightly curved wide blade with broad full-length fuller.
Please see the last two pictures in the listing.
We will provide the buyer with photocopies of the pages from the mentioned references and a certificate of authenticity.
CONDITION: Age and usage are showing. Missing chain connecting the pommel with the crossguard, the collar on the inner side of the upper part mounting (locket) is broken off. However, the sword is in good condition considering its age to be over 250- years old. The sword is free of any repairs or restoration.
During the 17th and 18th centuries, the Polish Karabela swords were made in two versions: costume parade Karabela and combat Karabela. This one is a typical combat Karabela sword.
Overall length: 82.5 cm (32.42 inches).
Overall length without the scabbard: 81.5 cm (32.09 inches).
Length of the blade: 69.5 cm (27.36 inches).
Width of the blade at the widest point: 3.8 cm (1.5 inches).