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    Greek yagatan?

    Is this yagatan from Greece, c 1820?

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    It's a very nice and complete example, congratulations.
    There looks to be a date (unusually upside down on the blade) of 1208 (١٢٠٨).

    I make that 1793/4
    in the Gregorian calendar.
    If you show some close-ups of the silverwork and it might give clues as to origin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene Wilkinson View Post
    It's a very nice and complete example, congratulations.
    There looks to be a date (unusually upside down on the blade) of 1208 (١٢٠٨).

    I make that 1793/4
    in the Gregorian calendar.
    If you show some close-ups of the silverwork and it might give clues as to origin.
    Thank you

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    Hi Lars,

    Sorry, not the blade, I wanted to see the desgins on the silverwork on the scabbard. These are sometimes clues as to origin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene Wilkinson View Post
    Hi Lars,

    Sorry, not the blade, I wanted to see the desgins on the silverwork on the scabbard. These are sometimes clues as to origin.
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    You can see some canons and banners and raised florals on the scabbard.
    I think the language of the blade may be Ottoman Turkish, written in the Arabic alphabet?

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    In the cartouch:
    Ottoman Turkish (Original):
    ضربندن بو بيجاغين جملة دوشمان طار مار
    انتقام الور عدودن صانكي ذو الفقار
    Modern Turkish:
    Darbından bu bıçağın cümle düşman tar-u mar
    Intikam alır adüvden san ki zül fikar

    Translation:
    All enemies dessimated from blow of this sword
    it takes revenge from enemies as if it is Ali's sword Zül Fikar

    Owned by Pikhya (?) Reis (Reis=naval captain).
    1208 (hijri= 1793 or 1794 Gregorian).

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    What a great find!
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    Thank you Brock!

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    For those interested: The name of Ali's sword (Dhu'l-Faqar in the original Arabic) means "Having Vertebrae", an allusion to the 18 notches or grooves on the blade.

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    Thank you Barden! I was not aware of this.

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