Antique 18th Century Turkish Ottoman Islamic Sword Pala - Kilij
Antique 18th century Turkish Ottoman Islamic sword "Pala" with a massive, broad, curved, very well hand-forged, steel blade of" Kilij" form.
The blade with a T-shaped grooved spine reinforcement, cut on both faces with a narrow fuller, a false edge – Yelmen adorned with a chiseled ornament in the shape of an elaborate halve cartouche.
The blade is deeply stamped on the forte with a small oval cartouche with the maker's mark.
A hilt consisted of a "pistol" grip with horn grip scales, rising to a bulbous pommel in a characteristic Turkish Ottoman style, pierced with a tassel hole, inserted with a brass tube, and enclosed by fluted brass straps.
A solid brass crossguard with langets and bud-shaped terminals is engraved on both sides with ornaments.
The Turkish Ottoman Pala sword was favored by the famous Turkish Ottoman elite infantry, the famous Janissaries Corps.
1) Yanissari: history, symbols, weapons by G.E. Vvedenskiy
2) 3) "Les Armes blanches du monde Islamique" by Alain Jacob
3) "A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times" by George Cameron Stone.
The buyer will be provided with copies of the pages from these two mentioned references along with a certificate of authenticity.
CONDITION: Showing age and usage, blade slightly pitted. Please see all 17 pictures in the listing as they are part of the object's condition description.
Overall length: 78 cm (38 inches).
Length of the blade: 63.5 cm (30 ¾ inches).
The width of the blade at its widest point on Yelmen: 43 mm
Blade width at the crossguard: 39 mm.
Spine thickness: 7 mm