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Old 8th June 2019, 03:02 PM   #1
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Default Ottoman kilij blade with ( Kufic) calligraphy, syrian presentation case ?

Hello everybody,

A good friend bought this blade some time ago,
a kilij ( turkish ?) shape ( I think ) but it is a really long piece !
1 meter - 39,4 inches long !

Maybe I will buy it !

Do you think its an old blade ?

Maybe with more recent engravings ?

The engravings on the blade are nice and well made,
I think the style is Kufic calligraphy
but many signs are strange/ unusual ...

so I wonder if it was really made by arabophone craftsman or maybe is it indian work ( per example ) ?

It comes with a nice wooden box,
Syrian-north african style ?
Well made too, I like it ! ( and 1m12 - 44 inches long !... )
It don't seems too old, maybe from the middle 20th century ?...

In the box, there is still the shape for put the complete sword with mounts and scabbard, more the shape of a shamshir hilt.

Where are they now ?!

The blade fits good inside, I think it's the right blade made for this box case.

What do you think ?!

Thank you
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Old 8th June 2019, 03:04 PM   #2
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Old 8th June 2019, 03:09 PM   #3
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Here the golden calligraphy,
can anybody translate ?
( If possible )
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Old 8th June 2019, 03:12 PM   #4
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Old 8th June 2019, 03:14 PM   #5
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I just recognise '' Allah ''
in the center of this picture.
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Old 8th June 2019, 09:37 PM   #6
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Smile ottoman kilich blade ??

What this is ,is a cheap newly made syrian imitation of an ottoman blade, floating in numbers in istanbul going for about 100 -150 us dollars.The overlay is not ottoman but again simply a degenerated copy of kufic work which is difficult to translate.The shape of blade
its size ,possibly its weight and the ornementation are all wrong.Sorry to be sounding very negative but Id let the buyer beaware (cveat emptor )
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Old 9th June 2019, 12:50 PM   #7
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Hello,

Can you take better photos of the steel? Syrians make blades that look great but those blades tend to be crowbar heavy. A pattern can tell a lot. Tang is definitely new but that is ok.
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