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Old 2nd July 2005, 10:07 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by erlikhan
i've seen very limited number of samples in real till now, and all had short or up curved quillons. and i 've seen this long type guard on mostly 19th c. kilijs.
None of the groups shown in the previous "Polish karabela" topic have such guards. thats why i am confused. so this can be accepted as a new group?

Karabela ("eagle-head")was originally a Turkish sword , probably even named after Karabel (near Izmir), and I would not be surprised to see the "Kilij" guard on one of them. I agree, this looks like a most likely 19th cen creation. What about the blade? Any distinguishing attributes?
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