Description: the silver pistol-grip hilt with curved round pommel incised on both sides with flowerheads, stylised palmettes and leaf motifs to edge of grip, the double-edged steel blade with swollen tip, vestiges of design at the forte, the leather-covered wood scabbard with silver mounts decorated ensuite
Condition Report: In generally good condition, some minor scratches and tiny areas of oxidisation to hilt, the blade also scratches, notably near edge where original design would have been, some patches of oxidisation near the tip, the scabbard in fair condition, with section of leather worn off revealing the wood interior (this one is painted black in some areas), both edges broken (please be very careful when taking out and putting back in the blade as this one can go out the sides), mounts with very minor oxidisation, as viewed.
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