RARE TURKISH OTTOMAN OFFICER YATAGHAN / SWORD WITH GOLD ARABIC VERSE ON THE BLADE c. 1800
RARE TURKISH YATAGHAN SWORD FROM THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE, WITH GOLD VERSE IN ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE.
SWORD HANDLE IS MADE OF BONE DECORATED WITH CORAL, RUBY, TURQUOISE ON BOTH ENDS OF THE HANDLE AND BOTH SIDES. THERE IS A GOLD-LIKE METAL AS THE BASE. PART OF THE HANDLE HAS A SILVER-LIKE METAL FILIGREE STYLE DECORATION.
SWORD IS IN GREAT CONDITION FOR THE AGE, ALTHOUGH SOME CORALS AND DECORATIONS HAVE BEEN DAMAGED AND ARE MISSING FROM YEARS OF USE.
SWORD LENGTH IS 29"
PLEASE SEE PHOTOS FOR MORE DETAILS OF CONDITION, CONSTRUCTION AND DECORATIONS.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT YATAGHANS :
The majority of yatagans date from the period 1750-1860, and from the number of plain, wooden-hilted weapons they were honest fighting weapons as well as ornate parade weapons. The more ornate examples were often worn as a status symbol by civilians, as well as military men, much in the way smallswords were worn in 18th century Western Europe. Occasionally blades were cut down from broadswords or cavalry swords, but in general the forward-curving single-edged blade was used.
Verses in gold or silver are often laid along the blade. Silver hilts mounted with filigree and coral, for example, are associated with Turkish Yataghans; many of these are dated around 1800, although it wasn't uncommon for the blades to be dated much earlier.