Rare antique early 19th century Islamic Turkish Ottoman Army, military sword.
DETAILS: A steel stirrup hilt of typical eastern European hussar form with a solid knuckle bow pierced with a slit for the tassel, crossguard with a pair of langets, long quillon with ball-shaped terminal, and a plain back-strap,
retaining its original shaped wooden grip.
A slightly curved, sturdy, and thick, single edged blade cut with a shallow full-length fuller stamped with two markings, one in Arabic/Turkish and the second with a lobed cartouche containing too vertical bars. In its black painted iron scabbard with suspension mounts.
The overall length in the scabbard is: 91 cm (35 53/64 inches)
Overall length without the scabbard: 86.5 cm (34 1/16 inches)
CONDITION: Showing age and usage, slightly pitted.
A very similar sword is published in the Ukrainian book” Ukraine -Cossack State” by Volodymyr Nedyak (Украина- козацька держава by Володимир Недяк) on page 96. This sword is described as an Ottoman sword which belonged to the Kurennoy ataman (commander of the regiment) of the Danubian Cossacks Sich (Куренной атаман) Задунайська Січ. The blade of the sword is engraved in Cyrillic “Danubian Sich Zaporozhian.” The original stirrup hilt of typical hussar form has been altered to the traditional Cossack style; the knuckle bow had been removed, two bud quillons were added to the crossguard, and a birdlike beak to the cup pommel, so the pommel cup imitates head of a bird.
We will also provide the buyer with photocopies of the pages from the mentioned references together with a certificate of authenticity.
The Danubian Sich (Ukrainian: Задунайська Сiч) was an organization of the part of former Zaporozhian Cossacks who settled in the territory of the Ottoman Empire (the Danube Delta, hence the name) after their previous host was disbanded and the Zaporizhian Sich was destroyed.