Mahdist War period. Large for these, 20 ¼” length, with two 8” double edged jambiya blades forming an S curve. Each blade decorated both sides overall with Thuluth script, specific to the followers of the Mad Mahdi. Original scabbards covered in Morocco leather (some wear) and each with a panel to the center of lead foil strips and leather lace. The grip completely encased in the weave as well. British bulk ammunition boxes (crates) of the period were lead foil lined with the liner sealed at the top with lead foil, obviously the source for the covering here. We know of one other virtually identical example in a private collection. All others known to us and evidently all published examples have bone grips. One lead/leather panel of one scabbard with losses, otherwise, well preserved for the period. Probably the rarest Mahdist weapon we have ever offered.