Antique 17th Century Islamic Tatar Sword Ordynka With 16th Century Italian Blade

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An antique 17th-century Islamic, Tatar sword-saber Ordynka, mounted with a 16th-century European Italian blade.
The sword's hilt has a finely hand-carved hardwood grip, with beautiful natural grains, and a small pistol-shaped pommel. The brass crossguard has short, slightly downturned quillons, bud-shaped terminals, and a pair of langets. It is made of two halves riveted by iron pins at the terminals. Three iron rivets secure the wooden grip and the crossguard to the tang of the blade. Additionally, they are adorned on each side with coins that have been reshaped into a domed form.
Two of the coins have Arabic inscriptions, possibly of Turkish origin and four are possibly of Indian origin.
The sword's hilt, which includes the brass crossguard with short quillons that are slightly down-turned, bears a striking resemblance to the 17th-century Tatar saber known as "Ordynka." These swords were manufactured from the late 16th century to the early 18th century and were produced with various hilt and blade variations. Some of them had grooved blades similar to the one on this sword.

The sword has a sturdy, slightly curved, single-edged steel blade with two slender fullers. On each face, there are mid-16th-century European Italian swordsmith marks.

A leather-covered wooden scabbard with two metal suspension loops is adorned with five domed metal tacks at the tip, scabbard is from a later period, possibly the 18th century. Replacement scabbards are often found with old 16th-17th century combat sabers when the wooden scabbards are frequently damaged and replaced with new ones.

1. An Ottoman - Transylvanian dagger dated to 1549.A.D. stamped on the blade with Identical Italian swordsmith marks is published in the book" Katalog der Leibrüstkammer, II. Teil, der Zeitraum von 1530-1560 Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien 1990" Description: Page 222. Illustration:144. Close up picture of the mark: C199.

2. An 16th century Swiss dagger stamped on the blade with Identical Italian swordsmith marks is published in the book "Wallace Collection Catalogues - European Arms and Armour Volume II" Description: Page 390.A768.Photo. Plate:137. A768.

Pictures of pages from these two books are attached to the listing.
We will provide the buyer with copies of the pages from the mentioned reference, together with a certificate of authenticity.

NOTE: During the 16th and early 17th centuries, European blades made by Italian swordsmiths were highly valued in the Islamic World, including the Ottoman and Mughal Empires and other Islamic states. These blades were known by the name Ferangi; this name was given to all sword blades of European origin imported into Muslim states during the 16th and 17th Centuries.
The word "Ferengi" was derived from the Arabic and Persian word faranji (written فرنجي), which meant "frank," as in the Frankish/European; the word later came to mean "foreigner" in general, though, in modern Arabic, it is generally restricted to the meaning "European."

CONDITION: It is in good condition, showing its age and use, and the blade is slightly pitted.
Please notice that the 24 pictures in the listing are part of the description of the object's condition.

Overall length with the scabbard: 85 cm (33.46 inches).
Overall length without the scabbard: 82 cm (32.28 inches).
Length of the blade: 70 cm (27.56 inches).
Width of the blade at the widest point: 3.2. cm (1.26 inches).

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Militaria & Weapons
Edged Weapons & Knives
Antiques (approx100yrs)
17th century
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