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Ottoman kilij, 18th-19th century, damascus / wootz steel blade, brass mounts with traces of gilding, spiral stitched leather on wood scabbard, horn grips with light restoration. Length is 37", blade is 31".

Ottoman kilij, 18th-19th century, damascus / wootz steel blade, brass mounts with traces of gilding, spiral stitched leather on wood scabbard, horn grips with light restoration. Length is 37", blade is 31".

Shamshir Sword, a Persian blade

Shamshir Sword, a Persian blade

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, steel blade with gold koftgari and T-section spine extending to the yelman, brass guard and brown horn grip scales. Leather-covered spiral stitched scabbard, brass mounts.

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, steel blade with gold koftgari and T-section spine extending to the yelman, brass guard and brown horn grip scales. Leather-covered spiral stitched scabbard, brass mounts.

Ottoman kilij, 18th c, signed "Ajamoglu", watered steel blade with long angular kufic inscription, two rectangular cartouches with similar inscriptions, roundel with radiating naskh on ground of scrolling vine engraved in relief with punched gilt ground, rhino horn hilt with curved pommel, engraved silver cross bar and quillons, pins and central grip, scabbard with engraved silver fittings with floral decoration, engraved silver belt hooks, with sah marks on silver fittings,36¼in. (92cm.)

Ottoman kilij, 18th c, signed "Ajamoglu", watered steel blade with long angular kufic inscription, two rectangular cartouches with similar inscriptions, roundel with radiating naskh on ground of scrolling vine engraved in relief with punched gilt ground, rhino horn hilt with curved pommel, engraved silver cross bar and quillons, pins and central grip, scabbard with engraved silver fittings with floral decoration, engraved silver belt hooks, with sah marks on silver fittings,36¼in. (92cm.)

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.

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.

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, 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, 19th century, wootz steel blade ( visible in the groove) with 4 cartouches of koranic verses, iron mounts and spiral stiched leather scabbard decorated en suite with gold koftgari foliages and volutes, horn grip (possibly rhino horn).

Ottoman kilij, 19th century, wootz steel blade ( visible in the groove) with 4 cartouches of koranic verses, iron mounts and spiral stiched leather scabbard decorated en suite with gold koftgari foliages and volutes, horn grip (possibly rhino horn).

Ottoman kilij, 19th century, wootz steel blade ( visible in the groove) with 4 cartouches of koranic verses, iron mounts and spiral stiched leather scabbard decorated en suite with gold koftgari foliages and volutes, horn grip (possibly rhino horn).

Ottoman kilij, 19th century, wootz steel blade ( visible in the groove) with 4 cartouches of koranic verses, iron mounts and spiral stiched leather scabbard decorated en suite with gold koftgari foliages and volutes, horn grip (possibly rhino horn).

Ottoman kilij, 19th century, curved 78.7 cm (31 in.) single edged blade. Brass crossguard of characteristic form. Horn gripscales, the silver sidestraps chased with florals. Green leather-covered scabbard, the brass mounts chased with floral borders.

Ottoman kilij, 19th century, curved 78.7 cm (31 in.) single edged blade. Brass crossguard of characteristic form. Horn gripscales, the silver sidestraps chased with florals. Green leather-covered scabbard, the brass mounts chased with floral borders.

Syrian shamshir or saif, 18th to 19th century, wootz (Damascus, watered) steel blade, horn slab hilt, steel quillons, silver capped pommel sharply down curving (very typical Arab style). The scabbard is leather with spiral stitching and iron with silver koftgari work. Blade only length: 27 inches Total length: 36 inches (pommel cap to scabbard tip).

Syrian shamshir or saif, 18th to 19th century, wootz (Damascus, watered) steel blade, horn slab hilt, steel quillons, silver capped pommel sharply down curving (very typical Arab style). The scabbard is leather with spiral stitching and iron with silver koftgari work. Blade only length: 27 inches Total length: 36 inches (pommel cap to scabbard tip).

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