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Old 25th December 2019, 09:49 PM   #1
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Default Kard but from where

I got this wootz kard recently. The T-spined blade has about 27 cm (11").
It was advertised as Persian or Bukharan kard.
However, I believe it has some unmistakeable Ottoman features.
So what do you think?!
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Old 25th December 2019, 10:13 PM   #2
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Iíve seen this sold several years ago. Without a doubt I lean towards Ottoman by the end of the scabbard and the hilt.

Both Persians and Ottomans used walrus ivory and both used scabbards like this.

A really nice piece, congratulations.
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Old 25th December 2019, 11:24 PM   #3
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the coiled wire seam on the scabbard as well as the tip scream Turkish.
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Old 26th December 2019, 12:11 AM   #4
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Good point Kronckew. This scabbard looks very Ottoman to me.
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Old 26th December 2019, 06:01 AM   #5
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Hello Marius

I think you're absolutely right. This is not Persia and moreover it is not Bukhara. My opinion is a very good Ottoman kard.
My congratulations
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Thank you guys for your oppinions!
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Old 26th December 2019, 04:14 PM   #7
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Another question for me: were the turquoise stones originally held in place by gold settings? There seem to be round discoloration on the ivory around the turquoise stones.
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Old 26th December 2019, 07:38 PM   #8
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Another question for me: were the turquoise stones originally held in place by gold settings? There seem to be round discoloration on the ivory around the turquoise stones.


I don't think there were any gold mountings because:
there are no traces of gold anywhere;
there are no visible grooves where the gold would have been inserted;
gold mountings on hilts are more an Indian trait, not Ottoman.
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Well I'll agree that kundun technique is unique to India. But I have seen silver and gold mounts for Ottoman gems (and even for glass look alikes).
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