Fine Ethiopian Shotel sword with Wonderful Provenance and Rhino horn hilt

Fine Ethiopian Shotel sword with Wonderful Provenance and Rhino horn hilt

A very fine quality Ethiopian sword 'Shotel'. Presented by the Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie I to Harold Baxter Kittermaster, the Governor of British Somaliland in 1927, together with a shield presented in the armoury section of this site. The hilt of one piece of solid Rhino horn ( some chipping), the pommel with a large filigree silver-gilt mount. The curved blade of British manufacture with etched foliate decoration to both sides and a panel of Amharic in Ethiopic script. The scabbard covered with purple velvet and mounted with bands of filigree silver-gilt, the chape with some tassels remaining. This sword is for sale seperately or together with the shield mentioned previously with the same provenance. african

 

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