Original Moroccan Koumya Jambiya Dagger with Silver-Mounted Ivory Hilt and Silver Hallmarked Scabbard - c.1870

Item Description

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 by the hilt and single edge near the tip. 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 very high quality, clearly having belonged to someone of great importance. Ivory handled daggers of this quality were only available to people of the highest status. This traditional Jambiya dagger is 15 inches in overall length, and has a double edged 9 inch long curved blade in very fine condition. It shows a bit of wear and oxidation, as expected on a blade of this age.

The solid Silver Scabbard is very heavy and substantial when compared to most. There is wood inside the scabbard, but that is just to serve as the throat. The hilt is all SILVER mounted Ivory with Hall Marks that appear on hilt and also on the scabbard.

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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