Ottoman dagger, 16th c (grip and blade), guard 1774–89, steel, ivory,
The ivory grip is
carved in the manner of objects made for the Ottoman court, blade
inscribed in Turkish and Persian (Ottoman court languages) “I besought a
drink of water from your trenchant dagger, what if but once you should
let me drink, what would you lose? If I thirst, his dagger is not laid
October 7th 1908: Bosnians in Sarajevo read the the declaration of Austrian annexation of Bosnia, formerly Ottoman territory, in the same spot at which Gavrilo Princip would assassinate Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand just under 6 years later, sparking WW1.
Indian (Deccan) khula-khud (helmet), zirah baktar (mail and plate shirt) 17th Century approx. 95 cm. long, the long-sleeved mail shirt with eight frontal plaques embellished with gilt mounts, the back with five vertical rows of small plaques, Persian / Ottoman bazu band (vambrace/arm guard), pair of red leather boots with one Ottoman mail-and-plate kolçak (greaves or shin armor).