Object Title

Sword (kilic)

Sword (kilic)



Object Number



Presented by the National Art Collections Fund, 1942. From the Norton Hall Collection.

Physical Description

The watered steel blade is single edged for three quarters of its length, and moderately curved with a central fuller running down both sides, almost to the point. Near the hilt it is chiselled on one side in low relief with arabesques on a gilt ground, and has an inscription medallion on the other. Both sides are heavily worn remote from the hilt The hilt is pistol-grip shaped, with sides of yellow horn, probably rhino, a central band of gilt silver, and long, straight quillons with flower bud terminals, decorated with engraved foliage and interlace. A short, crimson sword knot is attached. The scabbard is of wood, covered on the short section between the hangers with black leather. The chape and locket are of gilt silver engraved with roccoco ornament with features a quiver crossing a stylised cupid's bow, a ribbon and sprays of foliage. This motif occurs all over the mounts of the sword. Attached to the hangers are shoulder cords of red silk covered with red leather, with bosses embroidered in silver orris thread with flowers.


Dimensions: The length of the blade measured from cross to point is 786 mm, the overall length is 940 mm and the scabbard being 815 mm. Weight: The weight of the sword is 0.815 kg, the scabbard being 0.99 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

Inscription unread.


Places Turkey


The engraving on the mounts is European and French from the end of the 18th century. The repeat quiver and bow may be a charge from a French coat-of-arms. The style of writing on the blade is kufic, probably indicating that the blade at least is of Egyptian origin.