Yatagan dated 1790-91
Overall length

Sheathed 85 cm

Sword 76 cm

Blade length

64 cm

Blade thickness

Base 6 mm

Middle 5 mm

5 cm from tip 2 mm

Blade width

Base 6 mm

Middle 5 mm

5 cm from tip 2 mm

Weight without scabbard

541 grams

Point of balance

16 cm from hilt

Materials

Iron, steel, wood, horn, leather, silver.

Origin

Ottoman Empire

Dating

1790-1791

Price €1200, -

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Description

An old Ottoman yatağan. It has the typical recurved blade with a strong sine and slightly hollow ground sides. It bears decorative engravings on either side, with an additional cartouche with text on the left side. The text is very hard to read, but at least bears the Hijri date 1205, corresponding to 1790-1791. It also contains a teardrop-shaped stamp, commonly used by makers.

The hilt is of a classic form but shows restraint in the size of the ears which could become quite large. Each slab is made of a layering of dark brown horn on light horn, with a layer of brass and then another layer of black horn. Top and bottom of the tang are covered with silver foil, engraged with floral designs. Each slab is further decorated with a multitude of decorative silver studs, some larger, on a background of many small ones.

The wooden scabbard is covered with black leather and with two large silver mounts that are worked in repousse.

 

Condition

The piece is in relatively poor condition but was apparently well-loved during the course of a long working life. Various losses and repairs to the scabbard. Pitting to the blade, mainly the tip, and many losses to the decorations on the hilt. See photos to get a clear picture of condition.

 

Conclusion

An old 18th century Ottoman yatağan, this workhorse has been in use for a long period of time and shows signs of repairs, possibly by several consecutive owners. The 18th-century date on the blade makes it interesting to the more research-minded collector because it makes it a benchmark style to judge other undated pieces by.

In poor condition but priced accordingly.

Yatagan dated 1790-1791
Yatagan dated 1790-1791
Yatagan dated 1790-1791
Yatagan dated 1790-1791
Yatagan dated 1790-1791
Yatagan dated 1790-1791
Yatagan dated 1790-1791
Yatagan dated 1790-1791
Yatagan dated 1790-1791
Yatagan dated 1790-1791
Yatagan dated 1790-1791
Yatagan dated 1790-1791
Yatagan dated 1790-1791
Yatagan dated 1790-1791
Yatagan dated 1790-1791
Yatagan dated 1790-1791
Yatagan dated 1790-1791
Yatagan dated 1790-1791
Yatagan dated 1790-1791

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