Description: the blued-steel axe-head of crescent form, profusely inlaid with fine gold scrolling foliate designs and leafy borders, the wooden handle set with silver quatrefoil heads on two sides, the blued-steel terminal with bud finial and ensuite gold inlaid decoration
Condition Report: In fairly good condition, the blued steel very bright, with some rubbing resulting in slight losses to colour, patches of oxidisation, particularly to terminal and mount on handle, the wooden handle with some light scratches, as viewed.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Literature: R. Hales, Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour: A Lifetime's Passion, London, 2013, p.305, no.736.
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