Original Arabian or Persian Gold Inlaid Wootz Steel Jambiya Dagger with Bone Handle and Scabbard
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 Captain T.E. Lawrence 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 could well date back to 1700's however they were still produced 100 years later, and "Tourist" examples are available today in cheap quality. This however is the REAL DEAL.
This is solidly fabulous. Its heavy bone hilt measures 6 1/2" in length and 2 1/4" at its widest point. The Damascus steel "WOOTZ" blade with central raised rib measures 9" and is sharpened on both sides for its entire length. On the right side of the blade there are TWO Gold inlaid decorative Arabian devices, each filled with Islamic script. The dagger retains its Original very old wood scabbard which by comparison is appears quite plain with a tooled decorated leather cover.
A truly remarkable item, NOT FOR EXPORT, In lovely condition and ready to display!
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