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Old 19th November 2017, 03:28 AM   #1
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Default Another N. African (?) dagger

Guys, you were so much help to my friend that he sent pictures of another knife in his collection for which he would appreciate information about where it comes from and when it was made.

The symmetrical blade is double-edged coming to a sharp point and has four narrow fullers. The hilt is made from various materials and the yellow substance is very cold to the touch and smooth, like polished stone. Rings of horn appear to be inserted between sections of the main material. The scabbard is leather covering wood and the chape is brass.

OAL of knife = 12 in.

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Old 19th November 2017, 04:32 AM   #2
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Hi Iain,

If the yellow is walrus ivory then I don't think it's African.
Maybe Turkish or Syrian???
I don't know...
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Old 19th November 2017, 04:43 AM   #3
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Hi Kubur:

Thanks for the thoughts. The yellow does not look like any ivory I have seen before. As I mentioned, it is very cold to the touch. It's more like stone in texture. Could be old polished bone.

The stacked section of the hilt does not strike me as Turkish.

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Hi Ian,
I agree with kubur. I think that this has "made in Syria" written on it, even though I have no real evidence supporting this.
Kindjal/straight dagger variations is a favorite theme in Syria -most kindjal-like daggers that are not actually kindjals come from Syria.
The blade looks Middle Eastern, not African and the scabbard with brass mounting is definately more Ottoman or Syrian than African. The yellow/white part does look like walrus ivory which would make African origin very unlikely.
Strange, but nice find, with what looks like good quality blade.

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