A Highly Decorated Ottoman Kilij
Lot 38
A Highly Decorated Ottoman Kilij
Black Sea Coast, Probably Trabzon, 19th Century
Sold for £13,750 (US$ 23,111) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Highly Decorated Ottoman Kilij
Black Sea Coast, Probably Trabzon, 19th Century
With broad curved blade double-edged at the point in front of the yelman and damascened in gold with a long foliate panel containing Turkish verses along the back on each side, the forte on both sides with a cartouche-shaped panel en suite above a vacant panel with trefoil terminal, gilt-copper hilt comprising downcurved quillons with bluntly-pointed langets, and grip of oval section with pommel of rounded form, profusely decorated overall with filigree ovals and roundels set with fluted ovoidal red corals and cabochon turquoises and beads (some losses and replacements), in original wood-lined scabbard with two suspension mounts each carrying a ring for suspension, the outer side set with corals and turquoises en suite with the hilt, the latter including five larger pieces variously incised with foliage, the suspension mounts each set with a piece of glass in imitation of a gemstone, the inner side embossed and chased with foliage and a central line of diamond-shaped panels enclosing flowers, all against a finely punched ground, and retaining most of its original gilding


  • For a similar example sold in these Rooms see Antique Arms, Armour and Modern Sporting Guns, 28 July 2010, lot 234

    See Robert Hales, Islamic And Oriental Arms And Armour ..., 2013, p. 209, nos. 507 and 508
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