Fine Antique Arms & Armour

Turkish Ottoman Yataghan Dated 1212 / 1797/8 With Scabbard Ref: 11.21


Price: £2,250

Item Description:


An excellent example of a Turkish Yataghan of high quality and in good condition. The single-edged blade is characteristically slightly curved and inlaid with silver patterns of lines, flowers and foliage along its length. An inlaid panel bears a brief inscription including the date on one face. The gilt-copper hilt extends over the lower portion of the blade and is decorated over its surface with filigree and inset with a piece of rounded coral on each side. The back and front straps to the hilt strap are similarly decorated and set with fluted coral beads and white metal squares in relief.


A pair of elegantly formed ivory grip-scales are retained by four brass rivets which pass through the tang. The scales are complete but with a few minor small cracks. The Yataghan retains its original leather-covered wooden scabbard stitched along one side with brass wire and mounted with a band of white metal around the throat and a white metal terminal. The scabbard also retains its leather suspension loop. The overall length is 26.75 inches (T67.75 cm). The blade is 21.25 inches (54 cm).


This Yataghan is similar to other dated examples held in the Military Museum in Istanbul (published in "Yatagan", Gozde Yasar, Askeri Muze ve Kultur Sitesi Komutanligi, 2009).


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