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Ottoman period damascened blade dagger - MS.1892
Origin: Turkey, possibly Istanbul
Circa: 1872 AD
Dimensions: 14.5" (36.8cm) high
Collection: Daggers
Style: Ottoman
Medium: Silver and niello


Location: Great Britain
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An Ottoman wood-hilted Dagger with nielloed silver Scabbard late 16th/ 17th Century the hilt waisted and with palmette and floral- decorated silver mount at the forte, the double- edged curved blade with swollen tip and central ridge, inlaid with elongated gold inscription-filled cartouches,the scabbard with palmette terminal, chased and engraved at the lock and chape with flowering plants within cusped cartouches on a scrolling foliate ground, with foliate suspension loop 36.5 cm. long(2) Inscriptions: on the blade in Ottoman Turkish, a benedictory couplet in Turkish; on either side of the blade, date written in reverse, ola sen daima zevk ve safada/ ola ömrüñ günden güne ziyade sana AH 982(1), "May you always [live] in wholesomeness and purity / may your life increase day by day, year 982(1)/ AD 1872-72" For a similar dagger, see Howard J. Ricketts and Philippe Missilier, Splendour des Armes Orientales, Paris, 1988, pp. 32-33, no. 32. - (MS.1892)

 

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