890 Silver Asia Minor / Byzantine Yatagan Sword Paper-Knife with Double Headed Eagle


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Collectible Silver Asia Minor/Byzantine Yatagan Sword Paper-Knife decorated with  Double Headed Eagle symbol


The yatagan or yataghan is a type of Turkish sword used from the mid-16th to late 19th centuries.It was really a long knife and consisted of a single-edged blade with a marked forward curve and a hilt formed of plaques attached through the tang, the end of the hilt being shaped like large ears. The blade varies from 60 to 80 cm in length and is curved forward (like the Iberian falcata, or Greek kopis), sometimes reclining backwards again towards the very end. While the back of the blade is made of softer steel, the sharp edge is made of hard, tempered steel for durability.Sophisticated artwork on both the hilt and the blade can be seen on many yatagans displayed today, indicating considerable symbolic value. Having no guard, the yatagan fitted closely into the top of the scabbard; this was customarily worn thrust into a waist sash, retained by hook.

 The yatagan was extensively used in Turkey and in areas under Turkish influence, such as the Balkans. Its history and appearance in medieval times is not known since the earliest recorded examples, made from iron, date from the 16th century.

 The majority of yatagans date from the period 1750-1860, and from the number of plain, wooden-hilted weapons they were honest fighting weapons as well as ornate parade weapons. Occasionally blades were cut down from broadswords or cavalry swords, but in general the forward-curving single-edged blade was used. Verses in gold or silver are often laid along the blade. Various hilt materials, such as wood, bone,ivory and silver, were used.

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collectible solid sterling silver ornated paper knife, Asia-Minor Yatagan Sword, Byzantine Double-headed Eagle emblem 

This ornated byzantine pen-knife decorated with the historical Double-Headed Eagle,one of the oldest emblems of power, can make a beautiful, collectible gift for your beloved ones.

Data sheet
Article groupLetter openers
GenderFor Him or Her
DepictionDouble Headed Eagles
Historic PeriodEra: Hellenic Asia-Minor
MaterialSolid Sterling Silver
Length (top to bottom)235 mm (9 and 1⁄4in)
Width21 mm (53⁄64in)

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