June 12, 2014
Turkey 19th C Yatagan Yataghan Turk Ottoman Sword Dagger Kilij Knife Sabre
Signed in Nasta’liq Script & Fragmentary 8 Sided Star (Jun 18, 2014 18:34:01 PDT) http://yqz.me/Sword-dagger
Turkey 19th C Yatagan Yataghan Turk Ottoman Sword Dagger Kilij Knife Sabre http://yqz.me/Sword-dagger
Turkey, late 1800’s early 1900’s. Yatagan Yataghan Turk Ottoman Sword Dagger Kilij Knife Sabre. The long single bladed knife form slightly curved inward toward the grip with traditional bone grip and wide flaring pommel bolsters hafted onto the copper sheath handle over the steel blade, there is a break to one side of the grip/handle. The collar of elongated chevron form with leaves and bead hammered in the copper over the blade base with cast raised designs in two registers closer to the grip. The back of the curving blade with a single groove and even width tapering in the final fifth of the length. The blade with silver inlaid inscription in Nasta’liq script and reverse with a fragmentary eight sided star in a roundel – armoury or maker’s mark (?). Hammered brass scabbard cover with old leather mounts, in a design of lozenges with repetition of the name of Allah, and roses alternating. the large bolster ends suggesting a Balkan origin for this sword. It measures aprpox. 32 1/4″ long in the sheath.
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April 13, 2014
Luristan Greco Bronze Archaic Blade Weapon Short Sword Dagger Knife Khard NR yqz
Middle to Near Eastern 1200 – 800 BCE
This Item will go up for Auction April 17, 2014 9:40 EST
Middle Eastern, 1200 – 800 BCE. Luristan Greco Bronze Archaic Blade Weapon Short Sword Dagger Knife Khard. The blade with pronounced mid rib and tapering from the integral crescentic hilt abruptly and ending in a rounded point. The grip integrally cast and un-flanged and ending in a circular section heavy pommel. The bronze of olive green patina with old separation of the bronze layers at some points along the blade and a few newer chipped areas revealing grey metal below. The blade with areas of relative sharpness surviving despite the degradation of the metal. The crescentic hilt seen more commonly on hafted blades with separate cast hilts as opposed to a flat hilt. It measures approx. 17 1/4″ long, the blade itself approx. 13 3/8″.
Generally speaking, the silhouette of the abrupt tapering of the blade near the hilt appears in sword and dagger blades in Greece and the eastern Mediterranean from the 16th century BCE onwards, but almost always with blades hafted to hilts, and in time with blades with extended tangs. The integrally cast full hilt appears to be from 14th century BCE onwards, and particularly moving further east where bronze production and availability may have been greater.
This item appears to have the design, craftsmanship of an archaic example and the bronze having an appropriate level of corrosion, verdigris and patination. To the best of our opinion, it is of the stylistic dating commonly agreed by scholars to be approximately late 2nd millennium to early first millennium BCE, however, it is being sold as is, without metal analysis, radiography or other testing and without guarantee of dating.