Antique,18th Century Huge Polish Sword Karabela Sabre
Rare, authentic antique,18th century, Polish nobleman sword, Karabela, with a hilt of characteristic Karabela form, comprised of a solid ebony wood grip, carved in low relief with a vertically grooved pattern, enclosed by two chevrons and secured on the top by the end of the tang of the blade with a washer. A beveled solid steel cross-guard with bud shaped terminals and langets.
A long, slightly curved massive blade, most likely of Polish origin, cut on each face with a broad full-length fuller and a short slender fuller along the back-edge, engraved on both sides with a typical 18th-century pattern, a Crescent Moon with face amongst the stars, rayed Sun and the hand emerging from the clouds holding the sword.
In its original leather-bound and stitched wooden scabbard, and mounted with a largely shaped iron locket, chape, and band with loops for suspension.
CONDITION: Age and usage are showing, the iron cross-guard and the scabbard fittings pitted, the wooden ebony grip cracked and slightly chipped, the leather on the scabbard very dry, engravings slightly worn. However, the sword is in good condition considering its age to be over 250 years old. The sword is free of any modern repairs, or restoration.
During the 17th and 18th centuries, the Polish Karabela swords were made in two versions: costume parade karabelas, and combat karabelas, this one is a typical combat karabela sword.
Overall length: 103.5 cm (40.75 inches).
Overall length without the scabbard: 96.7 cm (38.7 inches).
Length of the blade: 83 cm (32.68 inches).
Width of the blade at the widest point: 4.2 cm (1.62 inches).
The thickness of the blade spine: 10 mm (0.39 inches).
A vertically grooved pattern on the sword grips is a distinctive Polish pattern and can be seen on the grip of the 17th and 18th-century polish hussar swords grips and Karabela sabers grips.
REFERENCES: For Polish Karabelas with vertically grooved grips please see:
1.Stara Bron w Polskich Zbiorach by Zdzislaw Zygulski. Page.No.248.
2. Cięcia prawdziwą szablą by Wojciech Zabłocki.No.45,46,51,56.
3. "Studia do dziejów dawnego uzbrojenia i ubioru wojskowego"Czesc VII. No 47.
4.Szabla polska: Arsenal Warszawski. By Jan Dunin-Karwick.No.26.
We will also provide the buyer with photocopies of the pages from the mentioned references together with a certificate of authenticity.
Antique 17th-18th century Polish arms and armor were always considered as the scarcest antique military objects, rarely appearing for sale, and they are almost impossible to acquire.
Unfortunately, with a big demand for authentic, 17th-18th century, Polish arms and armor in the last years, there have appeared on the market many reproductions of historical Polish arms and armor, including swords, maces, war hammers, helmets, armor, and the rarest polish swords: karabelas. All these reproductions are made by craftsmen in the USA, Poland, and other Eastern European countries. These objects, in many cases, are very well made and professionally aged, corroded, and damaged, to look old, and for inexperienced collectors look the same as authentic artifacts.
These reproductions do not have any historical or investment value.
This is an example of a rare authentic antique, 18th century, Polish sword and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
We have acquired this sword together with other Polish antiques, including also, antique Polish arms and armor from an old Canadian collection.
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