In good overall condition, a rare 18/19C Persian Qama Caucasian / Cossack Khanjali Short Sword / Dagger.
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Most likely Persian but possibly used in the Caucuses, perhaps by a cossack. These short sword daggers were used extensively across the entire region.
The 18 inch blade with Islamic type etching is in good condition, some rust patched, firm in the hilt. Hilt generally aged and worn but koftgari type etching still clear. Scabbard aged, the leather especially, the fittings commensurate with the hilt. The Qama sheathes and draws a little tightly, no doubt down to leather shrinkage.
Authentic qama / khanjali like this sell for a lot at auction but this above average example is just was £? (too late, now sold) from us. Please quote item reference U49. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 0896-81x17x16 (1.611).