Turkey, 16th Century. Ottoman Empire. Steel with gilt studs, engraved and open work design.

Turkey, 16th Century. Ottoman Empire. Steel with gilt studs, engraved and open work design.

A rare high quality Neo-Mamluk Khula-Khud, provenance: Ottoman Empire dating: 18th Century

A rare high quality Neo-Mamluk Khula-Khud, provenance: Ottoman Empire dating: 18th Century

Armor of the Ottoman Empire. A complete suit of 16th century armor as worn by fully armored cavalryman (sipahi) including Chichak (helmet), krug (chest armor), zirah (mail shirt), kolluk/bazu band (vambrace/arm guards), dizcek (cuisse or knee and thigh armor), and kolçak (greaves or shin armor). Stibbert Museum, Florence Italy.

Armor of the Ottoman Empire. A complete suit of 16th century armor as worn by fully armored cavalryman (sipahi) including Chichak (helmet), krug (chest armor), zirah (mail shirt), kolluk/bazu band (vambrace/arm guards), dizcek (cuisse or knee and thigh armor), and kolçak (greaves or shin armor). Stibbert Museum, Florence Italy.

'Sipahi' (cavalry soldier), Ottoman. Circa 16th century.

'Sipahi' (cavalry soldier), Ottoman. Circa 16th century.

Armour of the Ottoman Empire. 16th to 17th century krug (chest armor) as worn by fully armored cavalryman in conjunction with migfer (helmet), dizcek (cuisse or knee and thigh armor), zirah (mail shirt), kolluk/bazu band (vambrace/arm guards), and kolçak (greaves or shin armor).

Armour of the Ottoman Empire. 16th to 17th century krug (chest armor) as worn by fully armored cavalryman in conjunction with migfer (helmet), dizcek (cuisse or knee and thigh armor), zirah (mail shirt), kolluk/bazu band (vambrace/arm guards), and kolçak (greaves or shin armor).

Ottoman zirah (mail shirt), shown with a kalkan (shield), quiver, saddle, sword and standard. Trophys captured after the Battle of Vienna in 1683.

Ottoman zirah (mail shirt), shown with a kalkan (shield), quiver, saddle, sword and standard. Trophys captured after the Battle of Vienna in 1683.

Ottoman yataghan / yatagan, circa 1800, slightly curving blade and tapering point, the spine and sides decorated with bands of gold overlay consisting of undulating leafy and floral vines, one side with an inscription-filled cartouche, the silver-gilt hilt and scabbard with repousse decoration consisting of profuse floral motifs, 76 cm. long. The inscriptions comprise: mustapha pasha nasarahu allal amin, 'Mustapha Pasha may Gold help him, Amen!'. www.ismailtuluce.com

Ottoman yataghan / yatagan, circa 1800, slightly curving blade and tapering point, the spine and sides decorated with bands of gold overlay consisting of undulating leafy and floral vines, one side with an inscription-filled cartouche, the silver-gilt hilt and scabbard with repousse decoration consisting of profuse floral motifs, 76 cm. long. The inscriptions comprise: mustapha pasha nasarahu allal amin, 'Mustapha Pasha may Gold help him, Amen!'. www.ismailtuluce.com

Ottoman Janissary from the Hisart museum.

Ottoman Janissary from the Hisart museum.

Janissary head dress, Ottoman, c. 17th century. (National Museum Copenhagen).

Janissary head dress, Ottoman, c. 17th century. (National Museum Copenhagen).

Ottoman Janissary from the Hisart museum. More

Ottoman Janissary from the Hisart museum. More

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