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19th Century Turkish Yatagan

$1,890.00

Curved, single-edged blade with a groove at the back, decorated with Arabic writings and silver-inlaid floral motifs; grip with horn grip scales, engraved, silver ring nut and band; wooden scabbard covered with leather, featuring brass mounts embossed with floral motifs....


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Curved, single-edged blade with a groove at the back, decorated with Arabic writings and silver-inlaid floral motifs; grip with horn grip scales, engraved, silver ring nut and band; wooden scabbard covered with leather, featuring brass mounts embossed with floral motifs.

Period: 19th Century

Provenance: Turkey

Dimension: 70 cm Length

The yatagan or yataghan (from Turkish yatağan) is a type of Ottoman knife or short sabre used from the mid-16th to late 19th centuries. The yatagan was extensively used in Ottoman Turkey and in areas under immediate Ottoman influence, such as the Balkans and the Caucasus.

Yatagans consist of a single-edged blade with a marked forward curve and a hilt formed of two grip plaques attached through the tang, the end of the hilt being shaped like large ears. The gap between the grips is covered by a metal strap, which is often decorated. The blade varies from 60 to 80 cm in length and is curved forward (like the Iberian falcata, or Greek kopis), sometimes reclining backwards again towards the very end. This blade form is often referred to as being 'recurved.' While the back of the blade is made of softer steel, the sharp edge is made of hard, tempered steel for durability.


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