sword (weapons: edged)

Indo Persian sword with a shamshir blade. The blade is of watered steel and may be of Persian manufacture. The handle is ivory and could be European. It was made in the mid-19th century.

The shape of a shamshir blade echoes the way a lion carries it's tail whilst walking. Shamshir blades were adopted during the Napoleonic Wars by the British who referred to them as 'Mameluk blades'.

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