With rare pale buffalo horn hilt with gold alloy inlays.
51.5 cm / 30.3 inch
41.3 cm / 16.3 inch
forte 7 mm
middle 5.5 mm
widest part 43 mm
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A rare Philippine fighting knife, probably from Luzon island. It has a very well-made blade. Heavy, wide, leaf-shaped, double edged and with well-defined center ridge. Blade is of triangular cross-section, flat on the reverse side. Its forte with chiseled decoration comprising of raised bands and floral decor on the front side. No nicks or cracks, very nice bevels and ridges.
The iron D-guard with hook on the back, shaped like a nāgá, a mythical snake-like being of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
Some aspects of its design seem to be influenced by the Chinese hudiedao:
The handle is made of horn, with a wide brass ferrule. It has an old (museum?) inventory number on the back. Some play in the ferrule due to shrinkage in the horn over time.
A very rare form of Philippine fighting knife. Good quality workmanship throughout, and in excellent condition.
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A rare example retaining its original silver covered scabbard.
A large and heavy example with chiseled decor and silver overlaid base.
The scabbard carved as to closely mimic a tooled leather scabbard.
Its scabbard with 12 pockets, with 10 of the items remaining.
Late 19th century with a good, well-made blade.