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Rare Southern Iraq or Persian Presentation Jambiya Dagger, niello silver mounted

Rare Southern Iraq or Persian Presentation Jambiya Dagger, niello silver mounted

( ID: md1189 )

This is one of the more interesting daggers we've had. It's form is overall of an Arabian peninsula jambiya, but the heavy and substantial size of the dagger and the solid silver fittings with niello decoration point to Southern Iraq or Persian workmanship. The niello decoration of marsh scenes are some of the finest we've seen on a dagger of this period which dates to the 1920s-1940s.  The inscription on the dagger notes that it was presented to a "Col. M.V. Bates" of the U.S.A in 1940.  It is likely that Colonel Bates was in the OSS and on mission in the region, especially at a ...

Price: $2,599