A BALKAN SILVER-MOUNTED SHORTSWORD (YATAGHAN), LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY PROBABLY CRETE
with curved single-edged blade struck with a mark on one face, silver hilt extending over the lower portion of the blade (small losses), decorated with traditional scrollwork flowers and trophies-of-arms, including small eared pommel, in its wooden scabbard encased in embossed silver decorated with elaborate trophies-of-arms, scrolls and foliage, the chape formed as a monsterhead, the locket enriched with beadwork, formed with a small loop for suspension and with a brief inscription at the front
54.8 cm; 21 5/8 in blade
For a similar example see Elgood 2009, p. 212, no. 272
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