Description: the 'karabela' grip with curved quillons, decorated with chased and engraved foliate vine motifs, set to one side with turquoise and gold-inlaid and gem-set jade medallion, the curved single-edged steel blade inlaid with gold inscriptions and foliate details, the leather-covered wood scabbard with chased and engraved silver-gilt lock and chape and further mounts all decorated en-suite to the hilt with inset turquoise and gold-inlaid gem-set jade plaques, two suspension loops
Condition Report: In generally good condition the blade with minor patches of oxidisation, some minor rubbing to gilt mounts, the gemstones in jade probably garnets, the leather on the scabbard slightly worn with minor knicks, as viewed.
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Provenance: Ex-collection Karel Javůrek (1815-1909), a known academic painter, Prague.
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by descent to his son, Jaromír Javůrek.
Thence by descent.