Middle east & caucasus
Fine and Complete Omani Kattara Sword
Date: Around 1900
Early swords from the Arab cultures use to employ straight heavy blades. Curved shamshir style swords were adopted by many Arab communities and cultures around the 10th C In two regions of the Arab peninsula – Oman and Yemen straight blade swords continued to be used. The known Omani Kattara sword was extensively used in the 18 and 19 C. and well into the beginning of the 20 C.
The Kattara sword offered here has a very long straight and double edge blade with a short central fuller and a spatula shaped tip. The blade is marked with un identified mark suggesting it is an earlier European blade. Two handed wood hilt bound with leather and decorated with silver thread and a band of twisted silver wire. The pommel is a silver covered heavy square steel piece that acts as a counter weight to the very long blade resulting in a very well balance sword. Original tooled leather covered scabbard with a silver wire seam and chased silver mounts and belt rings attachments.
Blade length 31 1/2 inches. Total length 41 inches. Very good condition. Minor light blackened spots on the blade. The sword is dated at the late 19 C. with later mid 20C. scabbard binding.
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