Fine Indo-Arab Jambiya Dagger from Hyderabad

Origin: India / Yemen

Date: Late 19C.


The demand for high quality Jambiya daggers in Arabia brought Arab dealers to look for such in the bigger and better regarded blade making places. Mostly in Turkey and/or India. In India, specifically in Hyderabad many such daggers were produced for  the high class Arab customers. The results are also known as Indo-Arab Jambiya, a class of its own. It is a fine mix of Arab and Indian styles of weaponry and decoration. The shape is of a classical Arab style where as the materials and decoration is classical 19C. Indian.

The exemplar shown here is late 19C. Very well forged steel blade with a pronounced central rib. Massive R  horn handle decorated with gold imitation coins. Very well made scabbard with original green velvet cover (Faded)  on the scabbard, set with large heavy pierced silver locket and chape. The ribbed finial of the chape suggest the Hyderabad origin

Blade length 71/2  inches (19 cm). Total 13 inches (33 cm). Very good plus condition.



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