Good Turkish / Ottoman Kilij / Pala Sword - 8576
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, probably laminatedwith traces of gold koftgari work. The hilt of classical form is made of brass cross guard and horn grips with bulbous pommel and brass grip strap. The wood scabbard is covered with fabric and mounted with big brass locket and chape. Total length 34 inches. Good condition to age. The blade has few pitted small areas. There are few chips on the grips and some dents and damage to the scabbard fittings.