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Old 19th August 2019, 03:35 PM   #1
rockelk
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Default Atypical Jambiya?

Atypical Jambiya? I now have a knife I found unusual. It is definitely Middle Eastern by the engravings, but with a slight European style. The sheath is sterling but with no proof markings. It was so tarnished, at first, I thought it was simply brass. It has a pin going thru the tang to reinforce the grip and the tip of the sheath has been repaired and reinforced. The guard / bolster design I find unusual. Unlike most jambiyas the blade is straight and feels substantial. My first (amateur) guess is Moroccan. Any opinions as to its origin, classification and age are sincerely appreciated.
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Old 19th August 2019, 04:16 PM   #2
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I take this one
Yes you are right, this is an atypical jambiya because it's not a jambiya...
Your first guess was right, it is a Moroccan sbula / sboula.
The low grade silverwork is not very good, first half of the 20th c.
Your blade is early 20th c.
Please look at this two threads
http://vikingsword.com/vb/showthrea...hlight=moroccan
http://vikingsword.com/vb/showthrea...highlight=sbula
Your Moroccan sbula is very much inspired by European bollocks daggers.
It's not an old piece but very interesting...
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Old 19th August 2019, 07:30 PM   #3
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The picture of the flintlock was striking, in that, the blade appears identical.
Thankyou very much, rm
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Old 20th August 2019, 12:37 AM   #4
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Nice job Kubur. I had no idea and never heard of metal hilted ballock daggers.
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