Early Ottoman Islamic sword. The hilt of very rare early form, made from silver, chiselled with engraved designs and pierced through at the grip section. The crossguard with short bulbous quillons decorated with engraving to one side. The blade of very good quality single edged steel, engraved with the running wolf mark of Solingen to both sides.
Early Ottoman Islamic sword
Enclosed within the hollowed pierced silver grip would have been coloured fabric as a contrast to the silver, which was probably gilt originally. This form of hilt with pierced grip, generally silver, and having a pistol grip type pommel date to the late 17th/early 18th century period. Examples exist in several museum most notably the Topkapi In Istanbul, and the Metropolitan in New York