SOLD Antique 18th century Turkish Ottoman Sword Yatagan-Yataghan with a rare style of hilt shaped in the Karabela manner. Formed of two pieces of brown horn scales enriched on the pommel with minute brass nails, retained by three iron rivets, and enclosed by metal straps, with silver facing decorated in repoussee scrolling foliage. A recurved single edged Damascus steel blade, with an extremely rare and unique Damascus steel ”Turkish ribbon”pattern with horizontal lines going from the hilt to the tip of the blade, which creates individual straps which each contain a fine wootz pattern; please refer to the close-up picture. Cut with a series of short narrow fullers, a forte applied with shaped silver facing, decorated with a vase with flowers. In its original wooden scabbard, mounted with a brass locket and chape.
Most of the yatagans have a characteristic ear shaped hilt, yatagans with Karabela style hilts are very rare, the Karabela hilt swords were made in various types, and diversity, in Turkey, Poland, Russia, the Balkans and Hungry.
The Yatagan sword was very popular, not only in Turkey, but also in many Balkan states, and some Eastern European countries such as Ukraine and Hungry.
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2) “Zbirka Jatagana” by Dora Boskovic.
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MEASUREMENTS: The overall length in the scabbard is approximately: 84 cm (33 in). The overall length without the scabbard is approximately: 81.2 cm (32 in).
CONDITION: The silver is worn with signs of age and usage, the blade is slightly pitted, the metal mounting are with signs of old repairs, which can be expected from an over 250 year old combat sword.
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