The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Sword with scabbard
  • Sword with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Egypt
  • 18th century
  • Steel, silver, gold, wood and velvet, chiselled, gilded and chased
  • Length: 100 cm
    Weight: 1.04 kg, without scabbard
  • Stamp: Symbol, 'C' or 'G'
    Inscription Stamped
    Import mark: French
  • OA1787
  • Oriental Armoury
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Further Reading
  • This flamboyant sword, mounted with silver parcel-gilt, is furnished with a blade not unlike that of a British regulation-pattern 1796 Light Cavalry sabre. Whereas many Arabian swords were made of crucible ‘watered’ steel (a product well-known throughout India and the Middle East, used for the finest weapons and armour), in this case the blade appears to have been made of a ‘mechanical-watered’ steel, akin to pattern-welding. The silver mounts are struck in several places with early nineteenth-century French import marks. The weapon is in such crisp condition that it is unlikely to have seen much practical use before becoming a collector’s piece.