Antique 17-18th century Polish Cavalry Sword with Karabela Style Grip
Antique 17th - 18th-century Polish cavalry sword. With a scarce 17th century Solingen blade mounted in 18th-century Polish hilt.
This blade's distinctive style is characteristic of the 17th-century blades, which were made to resemble the 17th-century Turkish Ottoman blades and were made by Solingen swordsmiths, especially for the Polish and Hungarian markets and stamped on both sides of the blade with the half-moon mark.
The half-moon was used during the late and early 17th century by several Solingen bladesmiths. Please see Wallace Collection Catalogues European Arms and Armour by Sir James Mann Volume II, page 343, No A675.
Details: Slightly curved single-edged sturdy steel blade of fine form with a broadened lower part of the blade Yelman raised on the back to a false edge, stamped on each face with a crescent moon.
18th-century three-bar brass stirrup hilt in 18th-century polish hussar form with a massive square in the crossguard section, with bevel edges and a pair of langet knuckle bow with two shaped sidebar guards. A staghorn grip in the characteristic karabela form is enclosed in a brass frame and set on the outer site with halved olive brass buttons.
Overall length: 94 cm (37.01 inches)
Length of the blade: 80 cm (31.5 inches)
Width of the blade at the widest point: 3.8 cm (1.5 inches)
18th century Polish sword with similar style guard is published in the catalogue: Szabla polska. Arsenał Warszawski [katalog wystawy]. Warszawa 1980 Państwowe Muzeum Archeologiczne by Jan Dunin-Karwicki, catalogue number 13.
We will also provide the buyer with photocopies of the pages from the mentioned references and a certificate of authenticity.
CONDITION: The blade is pitted, the hilt is in good condition. The brass handle has a few small silver plating traces (originally, the handle was silver-plated, but throughout time, the silver plating has been rubbed off and then deliberately and carefully removed to improve the appearance).
All of this is an aspect of using an antique combat sword that is over 250 years old. Please see the photos as they are a part of the description.
Since high-quality, 17th century Solingen swords blades were valuable, they were passed from father to son and were used by the next generations. So, fine old blades dating back to the 17th century were still used during the 18th century but were remounted with a new fashion. This was also practiced in Ottoman Turkey and Japan, when the expensive old sword blades were remounted to a new mounting and still used in the 18th and 19th centuries.