A unique and finely formed yataghan sword from the Ottoman Empire and dating to the late 18th- early 19th C. with a possibly earlier blade. The mounts are all of chiseled silver, and the handle displays niello enamelling. The scabbard chape appears to have been taken off and put on the wrong way some years ago. This piece was purchased from Bob Hales in the 1970s, and appears in his new publication. Very fine original condition, with no restorations or issues. Blade is finely formed and has gold koftgari inscriptions on both sides in fine Ottoman Turkish style designs.