Original Ottoman Empire Late 19th Century Bosnian Bichaq Sarajevo Dagger

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Now this is a lovely work of art. It is in wonderful condition and many variations were produced for centuries all around the globe. The bichaq is a single-edged dagger of Turkish origin. It is widespread in areas controlled by the Ottoman Empire and its close neighbors. The blade of this knife is either straight, holds a slight forward curve, like a short yataghan, or very rarely a backwards curve, like a jambiya. This knife and others were made at the end of the 19th century. They were often sold as souvenirs to officers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire who invaded Bosnia at the time. The principal centers of production were Sarajevo and Foca.

The Bichaq is in wonderful condition with a faintly etched single edged 6 ⅜” blade with a lovely 3 ½” silvered handle. The handle is interesting in the fact that there does appear to be a full length tang on the blade, but there is no “filler”, leaving the handle mostly hollow. There are lovely floral designs and lines etched into the handle and on the “ears” of the pommel.

A wonderful and rather rare knife that comes more than ready for further research and display.

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