Lot 1B: Russian Nielloed silver Caucasian 40 cm- dagger with scabbard

Est: $2,000 - $4,000
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Description: Russian Nielloed silver Caucasian 40 cm- dagger with scabbard Materials: scabbard and handle – silver, inlayed with Niello; blade – hard sharp metal. Marked with Cyrillic initials on a scabbard: ?.?. 925 + two silver marks besides, which are hard to read. Length of the dagger in scabbard: 16.25 inches = 40.6 cm; Length of the dagger: 14.5 inches = 36.2 cm; Similar dagger was sold at Sotheby’s, on Oct 19th, 2004, at Rockefeller Center, New York for $16,730 US Origin: made by master in Kubachi – Dagestan Kubachi (Russian: ???????) is an urban locality (an urban-type settlement) in Dakhadayevsky District of the Republic of Dagestan, Russia. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 3,060.[5] Provenance: From private collection of Russian immigrants. Niello Niello is a black mixture of copper, silver, and lead sulphides, used as an inlay on engraved or etched metal. It can be used for filling in designs cut from metal. The Egyptians are credited with originating niello decoration, which spread throughout Europe during the late Iron Age[1] and is common in Anglo-Saxon, Celtic and other types of Early Medieval jewellery. References: 1) Wikipedia 2) O????? ??????? K??????
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