Early 20th Century Russian Silver Khanjali Dagger with Hebrew Inscription
A remarkable, rare early 20th century Khanjali dagger handmade in the Caucasus. Crafted of silver, the handle and one side of the sheath are decorated in niello with Magen David (David's Shield) and a wreath. Alongside, inscribed in Hebrew, are the name of the dagger's owner: Michael Ben Reuven, as well as a blessing for prosperity and the date 1910. The opposite side of the sheath is beautifully embossed with floral motives throughout. This is a unique remnant of the Jewish community in the Caucus, where daggers such as this one were inseparable companions of Caucasian men and used for a variety of purposes, such as weapons, cork screws, and paper cutters, as well as dance accessories.
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Height: 20 in. (50.8 cm)Width: 2 in. (5.08 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)