Seller: lew-57 (554) 100%, Location: Fayetteville, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122626921636 Original/Reproduction: Original, Region: African, Details: East African Beja Tribe Dagger This style of 'X-hilted' dagger is typical of the Beja Hadendoa or Beni-Amir peoples of Eritrea and the Sudan that live along the southwestern shores of the Red Sea. The dark brown wooden hilt has shallow parallel arcs carved from the wider end of the hilt through the waist of the grip. Defects in the wood are noted on the flats near the end of the hilt, likely resulting from curving grain at the time the hilt was carved. The end of the tang extends from the hilt a short ways and a cubic aluminum tang 'nut' and washer are present. The straight double edge blade is relatively flat on its central face on each side though there are very shallow grooves and central geometric engravings of short diagonal lines. Bevels extend from the flat central face to the two edges and point. The surface of the blade is fairly uniformly discolored and there is minor pitting. Overall length of the dagger with hilt is 9¾ inches (24.5 cm) and the blade alone is 5¼ inches (13.5 cm) in length. The overall weight is 3.6 ounces (103 grams). This item is from the estate sale of the ethnographic arms collection of Lewis Waldman FOR ALL BIDDERS: Before bidding, please be sure that you may legally purchase and receive the item.Returned items must be received in the same condition as when shipped to the buyer.PayPal is preferred, but other eBay permitted payment forms are accepted.Prompt payment insures prompt shipment; slow payments may arrive during work schedule conflicts and delay shipment for a few days.Failure to pay within five days may result in a non-paying bidder report to eBay and return of the item to inventory. If a problem arises, make contact, as silence implies default.Default shipping method is by U.S. Postal Service priority mail at actual cost to buyer. Tracking and insurance are included at seller's expense. Other levels of service and carriers may be requested and shipments will be combined to save costs when relevant. FOR INTERNATIONAL BIDDERS: Before bidding, please determine if local laws and other restrictions would prevent you from receiving the item and that you understand and are comfortable with importation and other local fees that may apply.Before bidding, check shipping costs as even budget options may be quite expensive!Customs declarations will need to be accurate and reflect the purchase price.