Afghan military saber
Overall length

Sheathed 81.5 cm

Saber 78 cm

Blade length

65.3 cm

Blade thickness

Base 8 mm

Middle 8 mm

Start backedge 5 mm

5 cm from tip 4 mm

Blade width

Base 40 mm

Middle 35.5 mm

Start backedge 37.5 mm

5 cm from tip 27 mm

Weight without scabbard

911 grams

Point of balance

15.2 cm from hilt

Materials

Steel, iron, wood, leather, brass

Origin

Afghanistan

Dating

Marked 1908-1909

Provenance

European antiques market

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Description

An Afghan military pattern saber with a very good blade. The blade is broad, with a strong ricasso. Two wide and deep fillers lighten the blade all the way into the tip. It has a long semi-sharp back bevel that gets sharper as it approaches the tip.

The hilt is made of iron with two hardwood grip scales. It has an iron handguard in a European-inspired style. The scabbard is made of two halves of wood, covered with black leather. It has a mouthpiece and chape, all of substantial iron.

All parts are well finished and the sword is a very exact fit in its scabbard. Even though it's a relatively standard pattern military sword, there is lots of attention to detail in the execution of the various parts.

A very solid piece with a great balance.

 

Marking

There is a stamp at the base of the blade:

Marking on saber

 

This is the seal of the Emirate of Afghanistan (1842-1926), depicting the mihrab (prayer niche) and the minbar (the Imam's pulpit) of a Mosque. Under that is a number 1326, referring to Hijri 1326, corresponding to 1908-1909 in the Gregorian calendar.

This seal is often explained as being the "Mazir-i-Sharif stamp" due to its resemblance to the Blue Mosque in Mazir-i-Sharif, but this likeness is merely coincidental. It is the general seal of Afghanistan, and was used to mark government property. It appears as such on both locally made weapons and imported ones. The seal also appears on Afghan coinage of the same period.

Afghan military saber dated 1908-1909
Afghan military saber dated 1908-1909
Afghan military saber dated 1908-1909
Afghan military saber dated 1908-1909
Afghan military saber dated 1908-1909
Afghan military saber dated 1908-1909
Afghan military saber dated 1908-1909
Afghan military saber dated 1908-1909
Afghan military saber dated 1908-1909
Afghan military saber dated 1908-1909
Afghan military saber dated 1908-1909
Afghan military saber dated 1908-1909
Afghan military saber dated 1908-1909
Afghan military saber dated 1908-1909
Afghan military saber dated 1908-1909

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