Good Turkish / Ottoman Kilij Sword - 8284
The Kilij is the traditional saber of the Ottomans. It was in use from the early 17 C. and during more than 300 years well into the 20th C. The shorter version with deeply curved wide blade and ‘T’ spine, sometime known as Pala, is a later version and appeared in the mid 18 Century. This Pala has a blade of 27 inches, well curved and forged from pattern welded steel. The hilt of classical form is made of brass cross guard and rhino horn grips with bulbous pommel and brass grip strap. The wood scabbard is leather covered and mounted with big brass locket and chape. Total length 33 inches. Very good condition to age. The blade has few shallow pitted spots. There are few repairs on the grips Some dents to the scabbard fittings and the leather is lightly worn and damaged. The belt ring band is a later restoration.