Middle east & caucasus

Fine an Complete Kilij / Pala word with Wootz Blade

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Origin: Ottoman Empire

Date: Late 19 C.


The Kilij is the traditional saber of the Ottomans. It was in use from the early 17 C. during more than 300 years well into the 20th C. The shorter version with deeply curved wide blade and ‘T’ spine, sometime known as Pala, is a later version and appeared in the mid 18 Century.

The Pala offered here is exceptional in quality and condition. The watered steel (Wootz) blade is very well forged with deep curvature and long yelmen. The gold inlay decoration and inscription in Arabic letters read:

نصر من الله وفتح قريب  Nasarun min Allah wafatahun karib. Mashallah. Victory from Allah, liberation near by

توكلت على الله Tuakaltu ala Allah.  I trust  Allah.

(Free translation).

Ivory grips with chiseled brass cross guard and brass grip strap. Original scabbard, original black leather cover with spiral stitching. Large finely chased brass locket and chape and side rings loop.

Blade 26 inches long. Total length 36 inches. Very good plus condition. Old age cracks on the grips but holds firmly. Authentic and complete  late 19C. Kilij saber

Price : On request


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