Rare Koumaya Dagger with a Lion Claw Blade
Date: Late 19 C.
A rare variant of the Moroccan Koumaya curved dagger. The unusual part is the blade shape: It is heavy, curved, single edge with the edge on the concave side and a fuller along the spine. Very much in the shape of a lion claw, (hence the name), or a bird of prey or that of the Velociraptor in the Jurasic Park. Blade is marked with a maker sign. Hilt and scabbard of chased heavy silver. Proof marked on both sides of the scabbard top and the handle dated to 130? or 132? (The last digit is worn). Between 1882 and 1911 in the Gregorian calendar.
Blade 8 1/2 inches, total length 14 1/2 inches. Very good condition. The tip of the scabbard is restored but a very old restoration. Minor dents on the handle.
For similar daggers see: Eric Claude “The small Catalog of Moroccan and Algerian Edged Weapons” pages 67. 68, 69
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