Interesting early Ottoman sword cutlass

 An interesting Turkish sword of cutlass type. The hilt of a silver alloy type metal frame pierced out in panels and with a blue velvet covered wooden core within. Short crosspiece of silver with swollen quillons engraved with decoration. The steel blade short and slightly curved with a thick back edge, widened front tip. The forte struck deeply with a makers mark. These kind of short swords seem to have been popular for a period in the 17th/early18th century, possibly with a maritime connection. The hilt is of a known type often fitted with shorter blades or yataghan profiles, and the blade type is also often seen on Nimcha type arab swords, or the same period. This example has signs of usage, and old repairs. 70 cms long approximately.