sword (weapons: edged)

19th century Turkish sword of a classic style, with a horn handle and a Turkish hilt of the 1840s to 1860s. The blade is of watered steel and of Persian manufacture. The blade has been forged to exhibit a ladder pattern in its watering.

Ladder patterns like those on the sword's blade reference the Prophet Muhammad's accession to heaven. A sword like this would have belonged to a Turkish gentleman.


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