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80 cm, total length 96 cm
5 mm at the forte
wootz steel, wood, leather, silver, horn
first quarter, 19th century
Belgian art market
Presented here is a very fine Turkish Shamshir sword with provenance from the Ottoman period desired by every collector of Eastern arms. The 80 cm long blade is forged from fine wootz Damascus steel. The handle has rhino horn grips with silver crossguard and grips strap. Beautiful tooled leather covered scabbard with silver spiral stitching and two engraved silver diamond shaped mounts and suspension rings. All scabbard mounts are stamped with a Tughra and the silver chape is inscribed in the back in arabic script 'krovatoryali Halîl 1257' corresponding to Gregorian date 1840. Total length is 96cm. Good condition. The blade has extensive scattered pitting and shows signs of previous over-etching but nothing affecting the solidness of the blade. (See pictures) Some lacuna in the leather. This item has been in a private Belgium collection for nearly 50 years. Very impressive sword.
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