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16. Sabre and sheath

Sabre and sheath
Sabre and sheath

Steel, gold, silver

Master Ilya Prosvit

Moscow. 1618

The sabre of Persian damask steel is decorated with openwork ornamentation in the form of alternating gold and silver lilies. This unusual pattern makes the sabre seem very light without reducing its qualities as a weapon. The inscription set along the lily design records that the sabre was made in the fifth year of the reign of Tsar Michael Fyodorovich by order of the Keeper of the Armoury, M. M. Saltykov.

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