Turkish Ottoman Yatagan from 1855. It has a steel blade, richly overlaid with gold, and displays a large walrus ivory handle, embellished with gold-gilt filigree.
The gold overlay to both sides of the blade is extensive with an engraving saying "Sâhib wa mâlek Suleiman 1855", or "Lord and owner Suleiman 1855".
This Yatagan was bought from an Officer collection of souvenirs from the Crimean war.
A souvenir trophy from the Ottoman allies, during the Crimean War in 1855.
Most of Bashi-bazouks carried ornate Yatagans among other swords or knives.
It is of typical form with the blade curved, long and relatively thin. The blade is 62 cm long for an entire length of 76 cm.
There is no guard for the hilt and the pommel spreads out in large wings.
Yatagan originated in Ottoman Turkey and spread to northern Africa and Egypt with the Mamluks.
This yatagan is unusual for the size of the handle and the embellishments about it.