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Title Cavalry trooper's sword by Carl Eickhorn
Nationality Turkish
Period c 1914
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The guard of this fine sword (marked Carl Eickhorn in Arabic script at the forte) is pierced with the star and crescent, the emblem of the Ottoman Empire. Almanach de Gotha, 1912, gives the total cavalry strengths of the Turkish Army, including Kurdish levies, at about 40,000 horse, indicating this sword's rarity.

There are matching unit marks at the bottom of the scabbard and on the forte of the blade by the maker's mark.

It has chequered cow horn grips, the shape reminiscent of the 1908 British cavalry sword, a very practical design. The hilt and scabbard have minor age patination, but have been carefully cleaned. The scabbard has several small dents on both sides down near the drag. The blade has been sharpened for field service and has much of its factory polish, while towards the forte there are spring marks from the internal spring.

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[Edged Weapons : Swords : Turkish : 20th Century]

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My husband LOVED his North Africa escape map - I had it professionally framed - it's beautiful.

T A, UK, 02.04.2013

My Arisaka arrived at 9.00am. Very prompt delivery and excellent packaging! The blade is superb.. and just what I was after, its in very fine condition and just as you described.. I've referenced it in my copy of Raymond La Bar's book "Bayonets of Japan".

Many thanks, Chris, once again its been a pleasure doing business!

S A, UK, 14.08.2012

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