Bone-handled Arab dagger – £4100 at Kings Russell.

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Estimated at £2000-3000, it sold to a buyer in the Middle East at the March 28 auction.

The short curved khanjar or jambiya dagger – a design that originated from Yemen – is made of ‘high carat gold’ and comes with a scabbard set with five baguette-cut stones, possibly rubies, and woven with gold rings. The blade was earlier, probably from the late 18th century.

It was gifted to the deceased previous owner while on duty for the British government in the Middle East.