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Old 4th September 2008, 03:19 AM   #1
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Just picked this up at a local Auction House. The hilt style says "Syrian" but I have not seen a straight blade on these before. Also quality is MUCH better with a very nice silver Niello scabbard, and prolific Mother of Pearl inlays on the hilt.
Can anyone tell me please:
1.Where it comes from.
2.The translation of the Arabic on the small hilt cartouche, and on the blade.
Dimensions are 12 1/2" in scabbard.
6 1/4" blade
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Old 4th September 2008, 04:10 AM   #2
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I believe it is Lebanese. One of the better examples.
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Old 4th September 2008, 06:22 AM   #3
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As made with the point of a kindjal by a Middle East circassian bladesmith.
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Old 4th September 2008, 06:42 AM   #4
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I like it a lot Stu, nice find, certainly some ethnic crossovers there but I believe it is all consistant with geography and trade routes.

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If I remember correctly, Artzi taught us that this style comes from the Druze village atthe Golan Mountains, named Majjal Shams ( Sun Tower).
The "kindjal" type of the blade and the nielloed scabbard are very interesting. Indeed, there are quite a lot of Circassians in the area.
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Old 4th September 2008, 09:02 PM   #6
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Thanks for the comments so far. Is there anyone out there who can translate the Arabic?
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Old 22nd June 2011, 02:31 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kahnjar1
Can anyone tell me please:
1.Where it comes from.
2.The translation of the Arabic on the small hilt cartouche, and on the blade.
Hi Stu
after ... some ... years
in the cartouche
AMAL SCAN ??? either MADE BY SCAN ??? (driani ???)
it's my ... imagination push me to said "SCANDRIANI"
(the guy coming from Alexandria ...
but there are plenty cities, towns, villages named Alexandria, not just in Egypt, but in Syria, in Turkey, may be in Iraq ...

... I know, all that it's not much helpful
specially, to translate what is on the blade ...

regards

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