Original Moroccan Koumaya Jambiya Dagger with Embossed Silver Fittings Inlaid with Gold
Original Item: Only One Available. The janbiya, also spelled janbia, jambiya, 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 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). The Moroccan version of the Arab Jambiya dagger is locally called Koumaya and characterized by a slender blade, usually dual edged at its lower half and single edge at the top. There is a big variety in the decoration styles and quality of the handles and scabbards.
We feel this dates to about 1870 and is of exceptionally high quality, clearly having belonged to someone of great importance. This traditional Koumaya dagger has an old double edged two fullered curved blade that although polished, shows its age and use. The hilt is all silver, with Hall Marks that appear on hilt, scabbard body and both suspension rings. Fully embossed, the hilt and scabbard are adorned with thirteen gold florette inlays, probably 14 carat but may be 18 carat GOLD.
In just wonderful condition and fully cleaned to is finest display condition, exceptional for a quality item that is already about 150 years old.
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