Originally Posted by fernando
And, why the false Arabic in such intrincate work ?
I think this blades had been inspired by Oriental/Ottoman swords, which were very popular in Europe at the end of 18th and beginning of 19th ct..
The intention was to create the appereance of an Oriental blade and they knew, that almost no one was able to read Arabic in Europa.
This blade is a very beautiful-pattern welded example of European origin.