Antique Middle Eastern Jeweled Silver Large Islamic Arab Jambiya Dagger
Antique late 19th century superb quality silver mounted Middle Eastern Saudi Arabian from Asir or Hijaz, Large Islamic Jambiya, dagger.
Details: A massive curved, double-edged iron blade with a medial ridge, mounted in high grate silver hilt of elegant form finely decorated on the exterior with delicate filigree open wire work with a scrolling foliage and rosettes.
Solid Silver scabbard lined inside with a wooden insert, richly adorned on the exterior with delicate filigree open wire work with a scrolling foliage and rosettes ensuite with the hilt and fitted with suspension loops. The end of the scabbard is adorned with faceted round red stone in silver setting.
Back of the silver scabbard signed in Arabic.
Since the fine silver filigree work was time consuming and very expensive, this gem-set silver filigree Jambiya, is in fact an important example of the Arab Goldsmith Art, and certainly was custom made for a very rich Saudi Arabian aristocrat.
Overall length of the dagger, sheathed in the scabbard: 60 cm (23.62 inches).
Total weight: 1013 kg
CONDITION: with signs of age and usage.
For similar Jambiya, please see:
1.The Arms and Armour of Arabia in 18th-19th and 20 centuries" by Robert Elgood. Page 76 .9.14.
2.Les Armes Blanches du Monde Islamique" by Alain Jacob.page 140.
The buyer will be provided with copies of the pages from these two mentioned references along with a certificate of authenticity.