Greek Revolution Sword

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The glorious curved sword of the heroes of the 1821 War of Independence, that armed the hands of the fighters of the revolution and was glorified in the numerous battles of the Greek War of Independence. Its blade features the gold-plated Psalm of David (35:1), "Oh Lord, oppose those who oppose me. Fight those who fight against me", that many of these heroes engraved upon their sword, invoking the divine help in their war for freedom. Its handmade guard forms a cross with the handle and features a engarved 24K gold-plated ornamentation. 

This unique historical heirloom is made by experienced craftsmen with the old traditional techniques. A unique work of art with special value, made of steel with partial 24-carat gold-plating, that will decorate your homeBuy together the specially designed handmade leather caseavailable after special order.

Length of the blade: 78cm

Dimensions of the sword: 93,5 cm x 20 cm x 3,5 cm

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Concept- Design - Curator : Dorit Meir

The sword is inspired by the cutlass (yatagan) of Athanasios Themelis, which has inlaid gold inscriptions, featured on its delicate blade. One side bears the inscription: Oh Lord, oppose those who oppose me. Fight those who fight against me - 1808. The Themelifamily offered important help to the Greek nation, both in the pre-revolutionary period, and during the War of Independence. In particular, Demetrios Themelis, who was an ardent apostle of the Filiki Eteria (Society of  Friends) and the official attaché of Demetrios Ypsilantis, upon his arrival at Peloponnese in 1821, contributed greatly to the War of Independence, for the purposes of which, he offered his whole property.

The Greek War of Independence in 1821, also known as the Greek Revolution was the revolt of the Greeks against the Ottoman Empire, in order to throw off the ottoman rule. The revolution was organized by a secret organization, the Filiki Eteria, which was founded in 1814 in Odessa, Russia. The first battle of the war was declared in 1821 in the Danubian principalities. Philhellenism contributed to the support of France, Great Britain and Russia, to the Greeks in battle and to the creation of an autonomous independent state of Greece and the finalizization of the State's borders, in 1832.

The weapons of the Greek revolutionaries, such as the gats (koympoyria) and the sabers (swords), played an important role in the success of the revolution. The curved sabers were an important part of the weaponry of the fighters of 1821, which hung on the soldier's shoulder with silky cylindrical cordage or on their leather belt, which they wore in their midst body. The sword, which  was used even in the era of the Turkish occupation, and during the Revolution, had a long blade, convex in its ridge and concave in the brink.

Weapons of the revolution of 1821, are exhibited at the National Historical Museum and at the Benaki Museum in Athens, at the War Museum in Nafplio and at the Hydra Museum - Historical archives, in Hydra.

Τhe Greek War of Independence was also known as the Greek Revolution (Elliniki Epanastasi) the fight against the Ottoman empire, the Greek Uprising as it was also called. It was held between 1821 and 1830. In this fight the Greeks were later assisted by Great Britain, France and Russia. The Ottomans were aided by their North African vassals, particularly of Egypt. The outcome of this war was the formation of modern Greece. Greeks around the world celebrate Independence Day on the 25th of March.


1821 A.D.
with wooden stand-showcase
Dimensions (WxHxD):
93,5 cm x 20 cm x 3,5 cm
Gross Weight:
2000 gr
Steel with partial 24-carat gold-plating
1450 gr

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