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Old 25th December 2017, 09:55 PM   #1
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Happy Christmas at all!
This is my Christmas present,but I need identification.I guess it's Persian in the style of silver inlays,but I am uneasy about the presence of crosses on the scabbard
I will be glad to hear your opinion!
Dimensions: Length 235mm
width 22mm
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Old 26th December 2017, 06:01 AM   #2
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Hi
it's not Persian at all.
Some members will tell you that's Syrian, they maybe right.
But I saw manyof them (old) in Tunisia!
I might be connected to an Ottoman Balkanic influence...
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Old 26th December 2017, 08:20 AM   #3
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Hi
it's not Persian at all.
Some members will tell you that's Syrian, they maybe right.
But I saw manyof them (old) in Tunisia!
I might be connected to an Ottoman Balkanic influence...



Thank you for the reply,Kubur!
The reasons why I guess it was Persian / Syrian is the style of silver inlays.Another typical is the existence of the metal scabbard.These two elements are not typical of an Ottoman Balkanic.
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Old 26th December 2017, 09:12 AM   #4
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I am in the Syrian camp:-)
Balkans would be my distant second choice.

Overall, I agree with Kubur: not Persian at all.
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Old 26th December 2017, 03:52 PM   #5
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Kubur is right, it's Balkan. Specifically Bosnian, made between the World Wars.
The work is good but they are rarely very large or sharp, suggesting they were made for tourist consumption.
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Old 26th December 2017, 08:17 PM   #6
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Hello,
No definitive answer. There is a huge variety of similar Syrian daggers, all metal, rather poor quality koftgari work and mediocre to poor blades, mostly made for the souvenir market (see pic), but this one is a little different. Especially the decoration pattern does not look Syrian. So Oliver may well be right and it is Bosnian.
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Old 29th December 2017, 06:11 PM   #7
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Thanks to all!
The blade is identified.They were produced in Istanbul in the early 20th century.They were available in several sizes and were fully functional as a weapon.
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