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Pala – Ottoman Kilij Sword With Silver Hilt And Scabbard


A fine 18th-century Kilij sword, – Pala – as used during the Ottoman Empire.

Total Length 33.5 inches
Length of Blade 26.25 inches


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This form of Ottoman Kilij Sword was in use from the early 17th-Century and for more than 300 years well into the 20th. The shorter version of the Ottoman Kilij with deeply curved wide blade and ‘T’ spine, sometimes known as Pala, is a later version and appeared in the mid-18th-Century.

This Ottoman Kilij has a quality watered steel blade of 26 1/4 inches long and incised with a cartouche. The hilt of classical form is made of a silvered cross guard and rhino horn grips with bulbous pommel and silver grip strap. The wooden scabbard is covered with the original leather with spiral brass stitching and mounted with chased silver locket and chape. Total length 33 1/2 inches. Very good condition.


British Museum
Ottoman Delights – Power and Trade

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