A fine and rare Ottoman court kilij for a young nobleman
late 17th century with later additions
The 17 1/2 inch curved blade with sharpened yelman, the fuller framed by inlaid gold bands terminating in leaf forms; the spine with inlaid gold band and scrollwork. One side of blade with maker's mark in a gold leaf-form cartouche. The 14 karat gold crossguard chased with leafy meander framed by niello panels and set on the front and back with large tourmalines; the quillion finials with turquoise cabochons. Grip of stained walrus ivory inlaid with gold and green hardstone florettes, set on both sides with large tourmolines below green enamel leaf forms, each with four diamonds set in gold; pommel set with turquoise cabonchon in an enameled gold mount. Complete with original green velvet-covered scabbard embroidered with silver thread, on the front in a floral meander set with twenty-nine pearls. Gold throat, chape and suspension mount decorated en suite to the crossguard, the throat with a ruby set on front and back. Silk and silver thread suspension cord terminating in two amber beads.
Condition: Blade showing light spotting, small chip to edge and some very minor losses to gold inlay. Hilt excellent, showing some minor losses to gold inlays and chipping to enamel. Tourmalines, diamonds and rubies and their settings added after original manufacture. Scabbard chape with minor denting. Suspension cord with some fraying and one break, the beads with crazed surface.