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ARMENIAN KINDJAL QUADDARA, CA.1850
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This wonderful quaddara is marked with a cartouche of the same Armenian blade-smith as this target="_blank">Qama!
I acquired both of these pieces, along with this target="_blank">Georgian-style kindjal at a local Rhode Island estate sale. From the 1850s onwards, Rhode Island and neighboring Massachusetts became a new home to many Armenian families fleeing from the Imperial Russia, Turkey, Persia, and later on, Soviet Union. Plausibly, these pieces were brought along by an Armenian immigrant family as mementos of their ancestral heritage, or perhaps by the maker or his family.
Blade is 64 cm long, 47 mm wide, straight, single-edged, with a rounded back; three fullers on each side are etched with the flowing vines and serpentine ornaments along the entire lengths, the same decoration as on the above-linked qama. It is entirely plausible that, based on the identical blade decorations and the fact that both pieces were purchased by me in the same sale, both pieces were originally ordered by the same person, and stayed in the family ever since.
Hilt is mounted in a Georgian style, with two cylindrical rivet heads on the top and bottom of the obverse grip, and a tear-shaped one in the middle.
An outstanding piece, and more than deserving to stay together with its brother, the qama, its companion for the past 150 years.



















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