Ottoman calligraphic blade remounted as an European sabre
Turkey or Egypt for the blade, Europe for the handle and scabbard, 17th century for the blade, remounted circa 1800, Ottoman Empire
Height 4 Width 80 cm
Damascus blade with kufic inscriptions including Shahada, Ayat al-Kursi damascened in thick gold and various talismanic inscriptions.
Ancient note accompanying the piece:
“Riding sabre. Iron mounts with three branches, filigree handle. Iron scabbard with a ring. Magnificent curved and one-edged blade. Decorated on one side with a Sura written in kufic script, the root of the blade inscribed Allah and his Prophet Ali. This weapon most probably from Austria has been remounted with an Ottoman blade, probably taken during the conflicts between the two countries during the 19th century, which do not indicate the period of the blade.”
For a very closely related blade, dated 17th century, see: Hales, R. (2013) Islamic and Oriental arms and armour: a lifetime’s passion, Robert Hales C.I. Ltd, p. 215, N°527.