HvWO 121

Antique Omani sword Shamsir

Antique Omani sword Shamsir

The hilt of this sword is inlaid with remains of gold wire and with engraved intertwined Koranic text. In mediocre condition. Length 89 cm.

This could very well be the "Turkish Scimitar used by the common folk" described by Padtbrugge in 1673 (ref 3) 

 I have seen quite a few of this type of swords in Oman e.g. in the different forts with almost identical hilt and blade!




 Antique Omani sword


Arab Name: Shamsir (curved Omani sword)

Period: 1650-1800

Origin: Oman Persia

  1. Robert Elgood. The Arms and Armour of Arabia  page 19-27
  2. A Tribute to Oman volume VIII p 100 "The cutting edge" by Robert Richmond Mazoon printing
  3. Nederlanders aan de Kusten van Oman 1991  By Slot published by Museon p 12- 14.