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Old 11th December 2010, 08:17 PM   #1
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Default New sword, Bosnia?

Just found this sword.
What do you think?
I'm thinking Bosnia.
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Old 12th December 2010, 05:21 AM   #2
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Been a while - welcome back!

The hilt does not strike me as particularly Bosnian but more Afghanistan or there abouts...........
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Old 12th December 2010, 09:22 AM   #3
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Nice to be able to submit a new piece for discussion Jose. Thanks for the welcome back.
This item was labled Russian in the little shop I found it at. I kinda had a Ottoman gut feeling from it. The little cirlces on the handle reminded me of the handles of Bosnian Bichaq. The lobed pommel also reminds of pieces from the Balkan area. The seller might have seen a similarity to the Russian Shashqa. I've seen the circles on Afgan pieces as well.
At 26" over all with 19" blade, its much larger than the typical Bichaq though. Look forward to futher comment.
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Old 12th December 2010, 04:16 PM   #4
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The hilt does not strike me as particularly Bosnian but more Afghanistan or there abouts...........


Jose,
I think I know where the feeling comes from: the integral bolster. These were widespread on Bulgarian ( and, likely, nearby) examples.
Russian masters in Zlatoust made gorgeous yataghans, but, like many things Russians, those were grossly overdone and very decorative.
Recently, I got involved in the discussion of Crimean Tatar weapons: those were very similar to the Balkan Bulgarian karakulaks.
Would be very interesting to look at the close-ups: decorations might be revealing. I seem to be able to see some kind of circle with rays near the ricasso: Tatar tamga?
If that's the case, since the Crimea became a part of the Russian Empire, the "Russian" attribution might be somewhat correct.
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Old 12th December 2010, 04:22 PM   #5
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It does look Balkan to me. Can we see the decoration on the scabbard and the stitching on the leather part close-up?
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Here are some more pictures. I hope they help. Thank you for your input. Very much appreciated.
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Old 12th December 2010, 05:56 PM   #7
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That curly wire connector where the leather is joined is a style I see on Greek/Balkan/Turkish pieces.
As Battara says, the circles are familiar from Afghan items, but now that we can see the other details, I'd say its more to the west.
It doesn't look Greek to me, possibly Turkish, but Balkan seems favourite (IMHO).
The decoration on the scabbard with the chevron and orb is very distinctive. Must be a giveaway clue for someone to ID it?

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The dot in circle decoration from what I have read is supposed to signify heaven, with the little dot in the center symbolizing Allah's central position in the universe. As a result, it is not surprisingly very wide spread and typical of many areas, making attribution based solely on this symbol hard.

I am attaching a picture of some Bosnian knives, where you can clearly see similar decoration on the hilt of the second knife from the left. My guess therefore would be Western Balkans.

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That is very helpful TVV. Did not know that about the dot and circle. I have seen these on Balkan arms as well, but not lumped together in this type of configuration except on Afgani/north central Asian pieces.

What you said does make sense of the use of some form of dot and circle motif all over the Islamic world.
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Thank you for all your comments. I really appreciate your input. I've searched all over the internet and haven't found another sword exactly like mine. The Bosnian pieces are the closest. Unless other evidence surfaces I'll keep with the Balkan origin.
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A kurban noz?
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Do tell. Googled this and nothing came up except a reference to animal sacrifice.
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Do tell. Googled this and nothing came up except a reference to animal sacrifice.


Sorry, only just saw this. In Elgood's latest he discusses (without illustrating) the Bosnian kurban noz- a decorative-yet-functional butcher's knife used for slitting a sheep's throat for Eid.

A highly speculative suggestion on my part, but I thought it worth a punt.
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Sorry, only just saw this. In Elgood's latest he discusses (without illustrating) the Bosnian kurban noz- a decorative-yet-functional butcher's knife used for slitting a sheep's throat for Eid.

A highly speculative suggestion on my part, but I thought it worth a punt.


You talking about; The Arms of Greece and Her Balkan Neighbors in the Ottoman Period by Elgood? A very affordable book. Is it a good one? This piece looks like it might just be used for this function.
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Old 1st April 2012, 10:11 PM   #15
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Just found this sword.
What do you think?
I'm thinking Bosnia.



Was looking at this piece today and just noticed a date on the pommel. You can see it in the pommel close-up there.
looks like 1... I believe thats 1000, So would convert to 1591. What ya all think?
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Now, with better details, I can only join the Ottoman/ Balkan voters.

As to 1581.... No way ! That would put it next in line to Met/Topkapi yataghans :-)
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Now, with better details, I can only join the Ottoman/ Balkan voters.

As to 1581.... No way ! That would put it next in line to Met/Topkapi yataghans :-)



Perhaps its just a number, not a date. 1000 goats taken. :-) Who knows.
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