Antique Silver and Niello Knife from Bukhara with inlaid turquoise stone

Antique Silver and Niello Knife from Bukhara with inlaid turquoise stone

 An attractive and scarce small antique knife from Bukhara, Central Asia. The mounts of high quality silver inlaid with designs in niello. The centre part of the fabric covered sheath with a silver floral petal mounted with a turquoise semi-precious stone. The knife blade is of very fine crystalline damascus or wootz steel, the knife bolster and pommel mounts of silver-gilt, with some chiselled decoration. The grip of one piece of black horn, an old split down the top has been repaired contemporarily with resin.  19th century  middle east , uzbekistan

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