An Ottoman Dagger, or Hançer Late 17th century

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Item ref: 4207

  • Turkey
  • Steel, wood, leather, silver, niello
  • 29 x 4.5 cm


Private collection, United Kingdom

One of an important series of daggers captured after the unsuccessful Turkish siege of Vienna in 1683, this example has a slightly curved, double edged plain blade. The hilt is of a waisted form, made from a single piece of faceted wood. The scabbard is of wood covered with black leather, with chape and locket of silver decorated with simple foliate scrollwork in niello, with a small suspension loop at the front.

The present dagger compares with the two plain daggers of this form in the Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe, nos D 273–4.