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Ottoman kalij, the high quality damascus crucible steel blade is Persian and inscribed in gold:Amal-e Assadollah (The work of Assadollah) and the other Bande-ye Shah Velayat Abbas (The servant/representative of the king of the country [referring to Imam Ali] Abbas, the handle is most probably of rhino horn slabs, crossguard is typical Ottoman and made of brass, 18th century or earlier blade, mounts 18th to 19th century.

Ottoman kalij, the high quality damascus crucible steel blade is Persian and inscribed in gold:Amal-e Assadollah (The work of Assadollah) and the other Bande-ye Shah Velayat Abbas (The servant/representative of the king of the country [referring to Imam Ali] Abbas, the handle is most probably of rhino horn slabs, crossguard is typical Ottoman and made of brass, 18th century or earlier blade, mounts 18th to 19th century.

Ottoman Kilij, 18th century, damascus steel blade, wood, turquoise, coral, emerald, gold,  L. 35 1/2 in. (90.2 cm), Met Museum.

Ottoman Kilij, 18th century, damascus steel blade, wood, turquoise, coral, emerald, gold, L. 35 1/2 in. (90.2 cm), Met Museum.

The short version of the Ottoman kilij sometimes known as ''pala'', with deeply curved wide blade and ‘T’ spine, it was in use from the early 17 C. for more than 300 years well into the 20th C. The hilt of classical form is made of brass cross guard and horn grips with bulbous pommel and brass grip strap. The original wood scabbard is covered with leather and has spiral brass stitching, mounted with chased brass locket and chape, 27 inch blade, 33 inches total.

The short version of the Ottoman kilij sometimes known as ''pala'', with deeply…