A Persian Tabar Zin battle axe
Cavalry man were equipped with a so called ‘saddle axe’ or local named ‘Tabar Zin’. They come in different shapes and decoration. This old plain version shows traces of use and ware which indicates it was likely actually used.
Persia (Iran), 18th century
Materials: Steel, Wood, Leather
Saddle axes come in different shapes and styles. The Persian examples can be engraved, gilded, or just plain like this example. The front has a widening blade which is sharpened on both side. The tapering axe head ends in a square shaped back. The shaft is made of wood, covered in red leather and reinforced with a steel langet. The langet is attached with three screws into the shaft. The handle and top are made of hexagonal steel bars.
The axe is stamped with a teardrop shaped makers mark with Farsi script ‘عباس’ meaning ‘Abbas’.
Condition: Very good, some ware of use which is in accordance to it’s age.
Axehead: 12 x 7.6cm
Total length: 38.8cm
Copyright by Peter Andeweg – 2020
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