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Title Child's kindjal
Nationality Dagestan
Period c 1850

Dagestan (now Chechnya) is situated between the northern end of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. Emir Shamil ran his kingdom in the mid-19th century and for 30 years successfully resisted the Russians, surrendering only in 1859. After lengthy exile in Russia, he died in Medina after going on his Hajj to Mecca.

Children were taught to bear arms from an early age, so this was probably made for some bigwig's son. However, there was an export industry to Russia, specifically for the Cossacks.

This delightful little piece measures only 29 cm from tip to toe. However, it faithfully replicates the full-size version. The quality of the workmanship is first rate, real silver inlay on an iron base. The centre for this work was a town called Kubachi.

It has its original wooden scabbard liners and a somewhat faded green leather panel on the reverse. Both sides of the blade show the offset fullers typical of this type of weapon. There is some wear to the sides, where the russet/blue finish has faded to a patinated grey. Otherwise, for its age, it is in extremely good shape. There is also the bonus of the silver bullion knot, something one rarely sees with these weapons. The strap on the latter is somewhat begrimed and would merit careful cleaning.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Dirks : Dagestan : 19th Century]


I wanted to let you know that the kepi arrived today safely. A super nice kepi! Also wanted to say that it was a pleasure doing business with you.

M S, USA, 20.08.2009

Pickers and chains arrived this morning and are great!

M T, UK, 15.08.2009