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ON1488

Original 19th Century Classic Saudi Arabian Jambiya Dagger with Wide Polished Blade

Regular price $250.00

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Original Item: Only One Available. Jambiya, also spelled janbia, janbiya, and jambia (Arabic: جنبية‎ janbīyah), 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 jambiya 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).

If you look at original photographs of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA in his traditional Arab robes, this is exactly the type of ARAB Dagger he carried in his waist band.
This is the Classic Arab Dagger of the Sinai and great deserts of the Middle East that stretch all the way down to Yemen and the Oman on the Indian Ocean. This example, which is extremely clean and highly polished, no longer has its scabbard. This is most likely because with a blade of this bright condition it was displayed "out of scabbard" and therefore became separated.

The curved blade with central raised rib is over 8" in length and is 13" in length overall. The Hilt is horn and decorated with silver and brass pins. The horn of
the grip I rather think is Rhino Horn, highly prized at the time.

A lovely honest Arab Jambiya dating to the mid to late 1800s and still in use during the First World War and a style still in use today.

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