Very Fine Indo-Arab Jambiya Dagger
Origin: Central India
Date: Mid 19 C.
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 a very fine dagger. Blade quality is very good: Curved and double edged with a pronounced central rib. The handle is made of finely carved solid ebony with delicately cut ivory inserts. Wood scabbard with the original fabric cover mounted with top quality pierced and chased silver locket and chape.
Blade length 8 inches. Total 13 inches. Very good plus condition.
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