A serpentine-hilted and gold damascened kilij
late 18th or early 19th century
Curved 30 inch blade with 14 inch fuller below the spine, the upper end narrowing and extending through the 9 inch yelman; lower section on one side completely filled with a gold overlaid Koranic inscription, below it two inscribed gold koftgari panels and the remains of an older impressed mark below that, on the reverse three rectangular inscribed gold panels; at the base of the yelman two small gold koftgari floral panels on either side. Crossguard of familiar form, both sides covered in gold koftgari and Koranic inscription. White serpentine hilt carved with florals in low relief. Scabbard covered in red and white striped cloth, the throat, suspension mounts and chape covered in gold koftgari with Koranic inscriptions within meander borders.
Condition: Blade with minor spotting. Hilt with light marks. Some minor wear and losses to overlaid decoration. Scabbard covering with tears and losses.