AN OTTOMAN TOMBAK SWORD (YATAGHAN) AND SCABBARD, TURKEY, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
Ottoman kilij, 17th century, damascus steel, nephrite, gold, L. 38 in. (96.5 cm); L. of blade 32 3/4 in. (83.2 cm), Met Museum, Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935, rippling pattern green nephrite grip that echoes the crucible, or "watered," steel of the blade. Arabic blade inscriptions, one verse praising the infinite gentleness and power of God and another verse referring to the sword called "dhu'l-faqar" (one of Muhammads swords, widely regarded as a symbol of spiritual and political…
Ottoman kilij (saber), 19th century. The blade is signed by its maker, Acem Oglu. The Arabic inscriptions decorating it include: "Oh from the gentle God whose gentleness is without end, You are the Powerful, we will love You in Your palace on the day of judgement." The foliate ornament on the guard and scabbard mounts shows the strong influence of European design in Turkish art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
A late Medieval Knightly sword from the end of the Hundred Years' War, circa 1450. In excavated condition, with short blade sharply tapering from a broad base, of flattened diamond section and struck with a mark on both sides at the forte, faceted crosspiece tapering from a broad centre and the tips abruptly downturned, large wheel pommel with recessed centre, facetted tang button, and later grip . L. overall: 88 cm - L. blade: 71 cm - W.: 17 cm.
Ottoman kilij with Scabbard. Blade dated A.H. 957/ A.D. 1550–1551; mountings, 18th century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The short version of the Ottoman kilij sometimes known as ''pala'', with deeply curved wide blade and ‘T’ spine, used from the early 17 C. for more than 300 years well into the 20th C. The hilt of classical form is made of brass cross guard and horn grips with bulbous pommel and brass grip strap. The original wood scabbard is covered with leather, mounted with chased brass locket and chape. length 32.09 INCHES (81.5cm), blade 26.77 INCHES (68cm), length with scabbard 33.86 INCHES (86cm).
Persian / Caucasus qama (double edged dagger) 18th to 19th century, broad straight blade with central groove decorated with damascened cartouches of foliate motifs, horn and marine ivory grips with an intricate arabesque of lotus palmettes, scrolling tendrils and cloud-bands in gold and painted, scabbard with painted decoration and silver lower chape, the upper mount of steel with gold damascening, 58.7cm. 3 repins - d16152ffcd1ce9629eda513cddd8c17c.jpg 210×814 pixels
The short version of the Ottoman kilij sometimes known as ''pala'', with deeply curved wide blade and ‘T’ spine, used from the early 17 C. for more than 300 years well into the 20th C, damascus steel blade with T-section spine extending to the yelman, brass guard and brown horn grip scales. Leather-covered spiral stitched scabbard, brass mounts.