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Old 8th July 2021, 09:11 PM   #1
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Hello,

A colleague from another forum has this Kindjal and asked for a translation.
It would be great if anyone can help.
I read the number 1187, but no matter if you use the Hidjra or the Persian calendar, that can't be the year when it was made, that's too old.
I would say 1930's at best and the origin could be Persia (because of the bone work) or Syria (because of the silver Koftgari) but I'm not sure.
Any comments welcome.

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Old 10th July 2021, 02:03 PM   #2
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Strictly speaking, this is not a Kindjal. Kindjal is a russified version of the name for a Caucasian ( and Transcaucasian) straight double-edged dagger, locally called Khandjali in Georgian, a name derived from Persian Khanjar. Turkish name is Kama ( Qama). This one is a typical Qajar era based on the carvings on its bone scabbard. It is dated 1187, ie 1773-4 Gregorian, well before the Qajar era (1789-1925). Is it Ottoman or Persian is difficult to be sure: this is a touristy item, made all over, including Syria. Hence the dating.
Likely ( IMHO) late 19-first half of 20 cen.).
I fully agree with all of your points.
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Old 10th July 2021, 09:25 PM   #3
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I agree 1930-50ties, tourist khanjar from Iran
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Old 13th July 2021, 12:51 PM   #4
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Thanks for your comments.
Is nobody here who is able to translate the inscription?
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Old 9th August 2021, 03:15 PM   #5
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It looks like

الله
شام محمد
روفان
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'God. Syria(Damascus), Muhammad Rufan(?). 1187'

It does not look old
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