A very fine and complete 17th century Turkish Kilij, Tughra stamped silver.
This rare sabre type measures 94cms in the sheath, 90cms out, with a blade length of 77cms from the centre of the quillon block to the tip.
The grip slabs are Rhino horn, being very fine and well coloured examples free from loss or damage. The slabs are pinned through the tang and sit either side of a gilded decorative silver grip strap.
The guard is silver with lobed quillon ends and the seal of Solomon engraved to one side.
The blade is of a rare but traditional profile being with a raised Yelman. The surfaces show a very good high contrast Wootz Damascus patterning. It is distal tapered from the spine to the cutting edge and does not have fullering. The cutting edge remains extremely sharp.
The scabbard is covered in its original mule skin leather, stitched to the rear. The fittings are all silver with remains of gilding clearly seen. Both the throat and the drag are stamped with the Sultan's Tughra, being reserved only for official documents & coins. The Tughra, although not perfectly stamped, appears to be that of Mustafa the first, or Murad the fourth.
Of special interest is the presence of an original silk and bullion thread suspension baldric. The arrangement retains partial leather coverings, a possible indicator of its use in campaigns abroad, something to protect the fine threads from wear when travelling and in combat.
Equally important is manner in which the sword hangs when suspended.
A very fine and unusually complete Turkish Kilij, Tughra stamped silverwork manufactured in the Sultans workshops.
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