Fine Russian antique weaponry will be sold at auction on 4th December 2019 at Thomas Del Mar Ltd. The top lots include:

Lot 22 A VERY FINE IMPERIAL RUSSIAN GOLD INLAID AND IVORY-MOUNTED PRESENTATION CAUCASIAN SABRE (SHASQA), KUBACHI, LATE 19TH CENTURY

The town of Kubachi in Dagestan has a long history of arms production, the name roughly translating as ‘mail master’.  The inhabitants apparently supplied Tamerlane with mail and other weapons in the 15th Century though the town is now best known for the deluxe weapons produced there during the second half of the 19th century such as the present example.

Estimate: £40000-60000

Lot 23 A FINE CAUCASIAN GOLD INLAID IVORY AND SILVER-MOUNTED PRESENTATION SABRE (SHASQA) AND WHIP, KUBACHI, LATE 19TH CENTURY

The couplets read: “zada dawlat sahib hadha al-sayf wa ‘umrahu / wa qadrahu wa baraka fi ‘iyalihi yawm fa-yawm” (“May the fortune and life of the owner of this sword increase / And his stature, and [God] bless his family every day.”) and “w’anala maqsad fi’l-‘izz bi’l-farah w[a]’l-ghurur / wa ballaghahu ila darajat al-‘ula” (“Grant him [his] goal in glory and in joy and pride, And make him attain the ranks of exaltedness.”)

Estimate: £25000-35000

 

Lot 24 AN IVORY MOUNTED COSSAK SWORD (SHASQA), LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

Estimate: £2000-2500

Lot 29 A SET OF POWDER FLASKS, 19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY CAUCASIAN

Estimate: £400-600

Lot 50 A VERY FINE PAIR OF 25 BORE CAUCASIAN GOLD, SILVER AND IVORY-MOUNTED MIQUELET-LOCK PISTOLS, DATED 1273 AH/1856 AD, PROBABLY CIRCASSIAN

Provenance: Christie’s, 20th June 1979, lot 4

A closely related pistol, dated 1835-40 and attributed to Circassia, is preserved in the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.  See Miller 2000, p. 202, ill. 121.

Estimate: £8000-10000

Lot 51 A FINE 20 BORE CAUCASIAN MIQUELET-LOCK PISTOL WITH MARINE IVORY STOCK, DATED 1291 AH/1874 AD

£4000-6000