19C Ottoman (Turkish) / Persian Shamshir,
In quite good condition for its age, a scarce 19C Ottoman (Turkish)
/ Persian Shamshir.
The blade appears to be wootz steel but someone has "cleaned"
it with emery paper; some tender TLC is therefore a good idea to
bring out the metal's characteristics. The pommel (metal cap at
end of grip) is loose; most likely it can be repositioned and glued.
That and the aging / wear is the worst of it, the best of it is
this is a scarce sword at a very good price.
The 31 inch blade is sound and firm in the hilt. The ivory grip
pieces have age cracks, as you would expect. The scabbard is very
aged but sound. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Oh look, these normally go for a fortune. Be very happy that you
can but this one for only £? (too late, now sold) and give
it some TLC to realize a great buy and investment. Please quote
item reference number AB23 (0076). Further / full sized pictures
available upon request.