Join Date: Mar 2009
thank you Mark, yes it is indeed a beautiful and very interesting cutlass.
I think the image of the Sultan defeated by lions refers to the demise of the Turkish Empire in central Europe at the end of the 17th century.
fe The Treaty of Constantinople of 1700, after the Sultan had lost the Azov region to Peter the Great.
attached: Taking of Azov, a 17th-century Dutch engraving, 1699 - Adriaan van Schoonebeek