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Ottoman silahlik (weapons belt), a very rare item, worn throughout the Ottoman Empire, made from layers of leather, each with scalloped edges and containing slips to hold a yataghan sword and other weapons, extensively embellished with plaitwork and silk and metal thread embroidery. Retains its elaborately pierced belts and iron buckles. Early 19th century. Overall length 164 cm, silahlik 30.3 cm.

Late-Ottoman ‘silahlık’ (weapons belt), worn throughout the Ottoman Empire, made…

Ottoman silahlik (weapons belt), a very rare item, worn throughout the Ottoman Empire, made from layers of leather, each with scalloped edges and containing slips to hold a yataghan sword and other weapons, extensively embellished with plaitwork and silk and metal thread embroidery. Retains its elaborately pierced belts and iron buckles. Early 19th century. Overall length 164 cm, silahlik 30.3 cm.

Late-Ottoman ‘silahlık’ (weapons belt), worn throughout the Ottoman Empire, made…