Auction 127 "A matter of identity" -Ethnic jewelry and garb 1820-1920. Most of them are from the Ruthi Ofer collection (Yuli Ofer widow)
Jul 25, 2021
Ibn Gabirol St 71, Tel Aviv-Yafo, floor -2, row 15 (in the paring) Israel

The catalog in front of us includes very important ethnic items, Islamic and Jewish. A very important collection of Palestinian adornments, as well as many Ottoman and Turkmen items.


The items have been carefully selected and come from dozens of collections from all over Israel. Among them is a collection of Ruthi Ofer that was left to her about 20 years ago by her late husband, Yuli Ofer. The collection was displayed at her home until recently. Her collection consists of Islamic and Jewish jewelry with a clear emphasis on Yemenite goldsmithing and Bukhara crafts.


There are many incredibly rare items that do not often come up for auction. The items in the catalog can be used as jewelry and ornaments for women or men. Some are better suited for display as part of private or commercial design, and others will go to public or private museums around the world. Many of the items are in museum quality, with similar items on display in leading museums around the world, such as the Metropolitan Museum in the United States, the Museum of Oriental Art in Moscow, the Islamic Museum in Jerusalem, the Israel Museum, and the Beit Hatfutsot Museum.

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LOT 16:

important Islamic gilt silver jambiya dagger - Middle East - 19th century

Sold for: $2,000
Start price:
$ 300
Estimated price:
$500 - $700
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important Islamic gilt silver jambiya dagger - Middle East - 19th century

The hilt of the dagger is finely adorned with extremely fine zigzag and medallion filigree work.  elegant Knobs on both sides ensure the dagger will not slip from the hands of its owner. Blade forged from steel. The sheath of the Islamic Jambiya is formed from very fine filigree work and a rare fish-scale motif. Silver rings for attaching to belt. On the back of the sheath is a leather element that is partially detached from the sheath. fine floral engraving to the tip of the sheath. 


overall very good condition with small imperfections


length of the dagger in the sheath: 34 cm

length of blade: 19 cm 


* The owner of such an important Jambiyah would have been a very wealthy and important man. The craftsmanship here is rivalled by none of its kind.