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Ottoman Officer's sword


khanda

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A sword that certainly saw action.... maybe even at Gallipoli. I wondered whether anyone could comment on it.

Spear pointed and double edged ... all the descriptions of these swords state that the hilts are wooden .......mine is horn which suggests to me perhaps the officer was a CO or higher rank ?
The 68cms (26 3/4") long blade is of good quality steel, diamond cross section, seems to be a very small "I" or a 'sideways' "H" stamp next to the guard. I believe the better blades were supplied by Germany (Solingen ?).

The inscription is 'old' Turkish script and was used up to the end of WW1 ....after which they changed their alphabet to the latin characters. The inscription reads... 'Allah (god) is with us/me'.

All comments and info greatly received, thank you

David

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