Original 1850 Arabian Jambia Dagger Adorned in Silver

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Janbiya, also spelled janbia, jambiya, and jambia (Arabic: ?????? janbiyah), is the Arabic term for dagger, but it is generally used to describe a specific type of dagger with a short curved blade. The term janbiya is used in various Arab countries and India, it is closely associated with the people of Yemen and is prevalent among Muslim men in the Horn of Africa (primarily the Afars of Djibouti).

Our example originates in what we now call Saudi Arabia or Yemen but in 1850 was part of the Ottoman Empire. This is a classic JAMBYA dagger featuring the very pronounced curve to the scabbard. In fact the blade is wide and nothing like as curved. The very wide 7" blade has a high ridge down the center and is 2 1/8" wide at the hilt. Rear of scabbard covered in camel hide.

This is the Classic Dagger worn by LAWRENCE OF ARABIA in his photographic portraits from the First World War. The silver covered scabbard and dagger hilt is profusely decorated and embossed.

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