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19th C. Ottoman Silver Wootz Mounted Khanjar Dagger

( ID: i278 )
A rare example, of characteristic form, but mounted entirely in silver, superbly embossed and chased in Ottoman baroque motifs, including scrolling vinework on a matted ground, together with serpents and imbrication at the tip, with shell-shaped finial. The heavy, double-edged blade forged of fine Persian black damascus wootz steel, with light curvature and raised central ridge. Mid-19th century 17.5" oal 9.5" blade
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