This is a typical Ottoman presentation saber of the seventeenth century. Many similar weapons, as well as shields and complete horse trappings similiarly mounted in silver-gilt and set with jade plaques and turquoise, were taken as booty after the unsuccessful Turkish seige of Vienna in 1683.
Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse of the blade, near the hilt, in arabic within a gold cartouche: "I trust in God," or "I have entrusted myself to God," translation by M. Keene, Islamic Department, May 1978 and S. Melikian, (refs.).
Ex coll.: Prince Alexej Ivanovij Sachovskoj, through inheritance to his son-in law Theodro Keller and to his son Alexander Keller. See: Keller sale, Bukowskis, Stockholm 1920. Pl. XIII no. 185.
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Förteckning Över Greve Kellers Samling Av Orientaliska Och Europeiska Vapen ... Försäljes Genom .... Stockholm: Bukowskis Auktioner AB, March 5, 1920. Lot 195.
Bukowskis Auktioner AB. Oljemȧlningar, möbler, keramik, guld och bijouterier, silver, textilier, skulptur, tenn och diverse, akvareller, etsiningar, gravyrer, vapen.. Stockholm: Bukowskis Auktioner AB, 1937. Lot 1063.
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Christie's, London. Fine Antique Arms: The Properties of the Hon. Mrs. A. Bromley-Martin, the Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, and from Various Sources. Christie, Manson and Woods Ltd., London: Christie's, London, October 13, 1975. lot 14, ill. on pl. 3.
Melikian, Souren. "The Art Market: The Confusion at Islamic Auctions." The International Herald Tribune p. 7.
Sotheby's, London. Catalogue of Islamic Arms and Armour, Glass, Textiles, Ceramics, Woodwork and Metalwork Qajar Enamels, Moghul Jades, Indian, Tibetan, Nepalese and South-East Asian Art. London: Sotheby's, London, 04/03/1978. p. 34, no. 132, pl XXIII, ill.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Stuart W. Pyhrr, and Helmut Nickel. MMA Notable Acquisitions 1975-1979 (1979), pp. 27-28, ill.
Alexander, David, Stuart W. Pyhrr, and Will Kwiatkowski. Islamic Arms and Armor in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. pp. 158-160, no. 59, ill.
Rivkin, Kirill, and Brian Isaac. A Study of the Eastern Sword. Mankato, U.S.: Dr. Kirill Rivkin, 2017. pp. 175–76, fig. 94.
Artist: Date: hilt and scabbard, late 17th or early 18th century; blade 16th or 17th century Accession Number: 36.25.1550a, b Date: hilt and scabbard, late 17th or early 18th century; blade 16th or 17th centuryMedium: Steel, silver, copper, wood, tortoiseshell, horn, mother-of-pearl, leather, textileAccession: 36.25.1550a, bOn view in:Gallery 379