The shape of the hilt of our kilij is a derivation of the Austro-Hungarian type found on many edged weapons from the Ottoman provinces. Other published examples are in Petrasch et. al, 1991 and a shahska which sold at Christie’s, South Kensington, 28 April 2017, lot 239.
Our blade has gold damascened scalloped decoration, comparable to, although more restrained than, a sword marked with the tughra of Sultan Osman III (r.1754-1757) kept in the Rüstkammer in Dresden suggesting ours was made at a similar period (Dresden, 2010, no. 346, p.353).