Prized Nobel Blades Highlight Bonhams & Butterfields’ $1.2 Million Arms & Armor Sale

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Bonhams & Butterfields Antique Arms, Armor and Modern Sporting Guns auction on June 20, 2011 in San Francisco brought an impressive $1.2 million, with top lots consigned from the Nobel Family Collection, which included Alfred Nobel, creator of the Nobel Prize awards. Leading the sale was a fine gold-inlaid nephrite hilted Ottoman jambiya, from the Nobel Family Collection, that brought $304,000 (est. $30,000-50,000). When translated, an inscription above the jambiya’s hilt reads: “The work of Feyzollah of Sustar,” and “Help from God and Early Victory.” Other items that brought especially impressive results, included a fine Persian shamshir out of the Nobel Collection, that sold for $205,000 (est. $12,000-18,000), and a historic gem-set and gilt silver-mounted Islamic saber, from during the reign of the Tipu Sultan, which brought $144,500 (est. $15,000-25,000). The Islamic saber’s origin points to a robust p