19th C India, Damascus Jambiya
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Directory: Popular Collectibles: Militaria: Edged Weapons: Pre 1900: item # 1096804
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|A traditional 19th C blade of very fine quality, tightly forged and with good damascus pattern. The ricasso is carved to depict a tiger attacking a deer on one side and a tiger with an elephant on the other. The Tulwar style hilt was crafted for a youth, suggesting that the jambiya was a family blade hilted for the eldest son of an important family. The blade has minor spotting and appears to have been well protected. The hilt shows wear and loss of all of the gilt and enamel finish that most probably was a part of the decoration, The surface is dark and the top of the top disc shows pitting, (as shown), as do the qillions and langets. A small and nicely crafted iron hilt with the curved guard terminating in a tiger finial and sculpting of the grip. A very interesting dagger that merits further restoration of the hilt. 12.5" overall, blade 9.5".|