CAUCASUS, LATE 19TH CENTURY
Of traditional form, the walrus ivory handle carved with scrolling foliate decoration and the figure of Imam Shamil, the blade with a groove either side inlaid in gold with inscriptions and scrolling vine, the scabbard with gold mounts showing two of Imam Shamil's Na'ibs at the top and Napoleon Bonaparte below, inscribed and dated on the grip, the scabbard housing a small walrus ivory hilted hand knife
22 1/2 in. (57 cm.) long with scabbard
Provenance Collection of José Mesquita, Brazil, from 1930s-1940s
Received as a gift from the above by Raul Paletto (c.1903-?) in the early 1950s
By descent to Carlota Paletto (1910-2001) in the late 1950s-early 1960s
By descent to Olintho Italo Vicente Pedro Mazarella (1922-2006)
Acquired from the above by the previous owner in 2004
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2006 Special notice
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