This magnificent 19th c. Arabian shamshir is mounted with a massive 82 cm-long, almost 4 cm-wide 1700s Hungarian blade. Blade is nicely engraved on both sides with a phrase VINCER AUT MO HUNGARIA [roughly translated from Latin as 'Victory for My Hungary'], lions, figures of two Hungarian hussars in traditional uniform with swords, crescent moon and the word Eisenhauer, meaning the iron-cutter. The hilt is silver-mounted, with the rare surviving original knuckle chain with several beads of coral. The scabbard has a typewritten tag glued to the scabbard leather, staing that the sword was purchased by Frank H. Blackburn in 1930 in Mozul, at the Thieves Bazar. Frank H. Blackburn was an archeologist at the University of Chicago, and spent several years on archeological expeditions in the Middle East in the late 1920s-early 1930s.
Early Hungarian blades were considered excellent and were prized by the Arabian swordsmen, who called them Majar, from the Hungarian word Magyar, meaning 'a Hungarian'.
A superb sword!