Indian jambiya dagger, early – mid 19th century. An interesting mix of Indian and Arab styles, massive double edged 8 inch long curved blade, long, flat hexagonal cross section. Most probably watered steel (but the pattern is hardly visible). Wood handle with silver mounts and twisted silver wire binding of the grip. Velvet covered scabbard with white metal tip. Total length 14 inches. The blade is of clear Indian style where the handle shows Arabic influence.
Humpback whales feeding in Alaska. Photo by Scott Methvin Credits: OCEAN DEFENDER - Hawaii — with Eirletta Hollingsworth, Rah Francis O'Hara and Ana G. Biele. The majesty of these whales is breath taking.
Yatagan, ca. 1525–30 Made by the Workshop of Ahmed Tekelü Turkey (Istanbul) Steel, walrus ivory, gold, silver, rubies, turquoise, pearl L. 23 3/8 in. (59.3 cm) Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1993 (1993.14)