Object Title

Sword (kilic)

Sword (kilic)



Object Number



From the Norton Hall Collection No. 253 Presented by the National Art Collection Fund 1942.

Physical Description

The blade of the sword is single edge, curved widening slightly and becoming double edged near the point in the turkish manner. The blade still shows watering over much of the surface. It is fitted to a hilt of Turkish form made of gilded metal. The grip is octagonal cast in one with the cross and langets. On one facet are two indistinct marks. the two outer faces are deeply engraved with running foliage, the two inner faces with linked husks and geometric ornament, both on a matted ground. There is a gold bullion sword knot.
The scabbard is of wood with gilded mounts matching the hilt. These consist of a long locket with a spring cover for the blade slot and two suspension hangers. The outside is decorated with engraved flowers and foliage, the inside with a cross above a crest of a phoenix rising above two laurel branches, both between edging bands of running foliage. A long chape decorated on both sides with a dragon or wyvern with flowers issung from its mouth, again in a running border of foliage. Between the two mounts the scabbard is covered in purple velvet with a central strip engraved with husks.


Dimensions: The length of the blade is 730 mm, the overall length of the sword being 866 mm. The scabbard is 763 mm. Weight: The weight of the sword is 0.875 kg, the scabbard being 685 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

Two punched on hilt


Places Persia