A large Ottoman shamshir
18th or early 19th century
Broad, curved 33 inch watered steel blade having a central fuller and four pairs of short fullers below the spine; one side chased with maker's mark above cartouche of a lion. Iron crossguard decorated with silver overlaid scrollwork, the spine with a repeating pattern. Grip with horn gripscales and bulbous pommel.
Condition: Blade cleaned and showing considerable wear to watered pattern. Guard and spine of hilt with dark patina and losses to silver, especially on the spine. Gripscales with minor chipping.