Art of Swords

Sword
/sôrd/
Noun
1. A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
2. An instrument of death or destruction.

Saddam Hussein’s Sword

The ornate presentation sword was one of the pieces in his collection. The sword, 43 inches in overall length with a 37-inch straight, single edged blade, was taken from Hussein’s Baghdad office in the military command complex by U.S. military after the city fell to allied forces in 2003. The blade features inlaid gold filigree on both sides with an Arabic presentation, which runs most of the obverse edge, declaring that the sword is a gift to Hussein.

The hilt shows sharply pointed langets which featured the Iraqi State Crest, twisted vine-like quillons with teardrop finials and ivory grip panels with brass Islamic eight pointed star rosettes and a stylized Falcon’s head pommel. Included is the sword’s ornate brass scabbard which features engraved panels depicting a hunting falcon on its perch, a Persian Gulf coastal fortification flying a flag, a Bedouin Rider on a camel and date palms. The rosettes between the panels have Persian Gulf pearl cabochons mounted.

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