With Dutch VOC blade, marked with the Amsterdam monogram.
Sheathed 51.8 cm
Dagger 49.7 cm
Base 6 mm
Middle 4 mm
5 cm from tip 3.5 mm
Base 17 mm
Middle 11.5 mm
5 cm from tip 8.5 mm
5.6 cm from hilt
Iron, horn, wood, cotton cord
Late 18th to early 19th century
From a Dutch private collection
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An interesting West-Javanese dagger. The blade resembles a European stiletto dagger, with a ricasso and double-edged tip. It is forge folded with a rather open grain, suggesting local manufacture.
At the base are two symbols on each side that have yet to be identified. They appear to mimic marks seen on some European blades.
Both hilt and scabbard are in the style popular among the Sundanese people of West Java. The elegant hilt is made of horn with remains of lacquer. The wooden scabbard is fitted with a horn throat piece and endpiece. It may have had some form of covering, as part of the fittings are sunken. There is a later cord wrapping near the scabbard tip.
The whole has an early feel to it and probably dates from the 18th or early 19th century.
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Blade marked with VOC Amsterdam monogram, and the year 1769.
The sword of the Sundanese people of the Preanger highlands.
Using a possibly captured M1898 "klewang" blade.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
Based on the Dutch Beaumont mechanism, but with Indonesian twist forged barrel and golden inlays.