Fine and Early Turkish Yataghan Sword with Damascus Blade. - 14221
The yataghan swords with the short heavy blade and wide belly are typical to the second half of the 18 C. This fine example has a 21 inches long blade almost 2 inches wide at the belly, forged from fine pattern welded (Damascus) steel in the pattern known as Turkish Ribbon achieved by forge welding of several twisted steel rods to one ingot. This pattern was common to Ottoman blades as from the 17C. Ivory grips with lobbed pommel "ears". Silver bolsters and grip strap. Leather covered scabbard with low silver locket and chape. Total length 28 inches. Very good condition. Minor chips to the ivory grips. The leather cover of the scabbard is a later replacement. An impressive Yataghan.