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Title Ottoman jambiya
Nationality Turkish
Period c 1914

This type of weapon would have been carried by the Arab irregulars serving with the Turkish army in the 1914-18 war. Typically the shape of hilt is found in the Balkans and also in Iraq. The grip is black cow horn with a silver coin ornament near the top and a steel one at the bottom (on both sides), the bulk of the coin detail now lost.

The scabbard is wood covered with black embossed leather. The blade is extremely serviceable, double edged for all its length with a median ridge to stiffen it.

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

[Edged Weapons : Dirks : Turkish : 20th Century]


Just a quick line to advise that the badges have arrived in good condition and I am very pleased with them.

Thanks again for your prompt and kind attention.

P M, Australia, 03.10.2012

I am more and more pleased with the sword, and am wondering whether to do an article on it...

M M, UK, 04.11.2005