Antique Turkish Ottoman Sword Kilij, 18th century
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An 18th century Turkish Ottoman sword Kilij. DEITAILS: A sturdy curved single edged Damascus Wootz steel blade of kilij form with yelmen. A hilt comprised of a grip with horn grip-scales rising to a bulbous pommel in a characteristic Turkish Ottoman style set with silver panels and enclosed by fluted silver straps, with an engraved brass crossguard with faced bud quillons. The wooden scabbard is with remains of its original leather stitched with spiral brass wire mounted with an engraved brass locket, chape and two mounts with loops for suspension.
CONDITION: The horn grip is with cracks, the scabbard is damaged with splits and chipped wood, the leather is extremely dry and fragile and mostly missing. The blade of this sword is an early Ottoman blade and is most likely from the 16th-17th century period time. Many old Turkish and Mameluke blades were constantly remounted and used for a few hundred years and were passed from father to son and were used by the next generations, hence swords made earlier were still used after hundreds of years.
MEASUREMENTS: The overall length with the scabbard is approximately: 91.5 cm (36 in). The overall length without the scabbard is approximately: 87.7 cm (34 ½ in).
REFERENCES: Examples of almost identical ottoman blades dated to the 16th -17th century and mounted in 18th century mountings can be seen in the Topkapi Sarayi Museum Istanbul and also in the Askeri Museum Istanbul Turkey. The kilij sword was mainly favored by the famous Turkish Ottoman elite cavalry Sipahi, but was also very popular in many Balkan states and some Eastern European countries such as Poland, Ukraine, and Hungary. REFERENCES(1) Islamic Swords and Swordsmiths by Unsal Yucel REFERENCES (2) "Les armes blanches du monde islamique" by Alan Jacob REFERENCES (3) "Украина- козацька держава" by Володимир Недяк. REFERENCES (4) "Armies of the Ottoman Turks 1300-1774" by David Nicolle.
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