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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 03:05 PM
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Posted By Ian
When thinking of odd barung, North Borneo should...

When thinking of odd barung, North Borneo should not be forgotten. There are some good pictures of northern Borneo barung in this old thread:

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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 02:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 195
Posted By Ian
Hello Nirghosa, I have been traveling for the...

Hello Nirghosa,

I have been traveling for the last week and just catching up with your post.

Detlef is correct -- this sword is from the western Visayas area and would be called either a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th July 2014, 12:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 274
Posted By Ian
Tim, Those brass tacks don't look quite right...

Tim,

Those brass tacks don't look quite right to me. There appear to be none missing, which would be unusual for an otherwise older looking piece. Fearn has also commented on the "pristine"...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd July 2014, 05:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 374
Posted By Ian
This Filipino knife...

This Filipino knife...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd July 2014, 02:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 374
Posted By Ian
The hilt might well be Filipino, but the blade is...

The hilt might well be Filipino, but the blade is harder to place. More pictures of the hilt would be helpful.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd July 2014, 10:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 322
Posted By Ian
Robert and Semar: If you mentally ignore the...

Robert and Semar:

If you mentally ignore the knuckle bow and look at the pommel after rotating the hilt, I think I see a bird's head--with the eye, crest and beak--and a long neck.

Ian.

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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd July 2014, 09:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 322
Posted By Ian
Semar, could you post more detailed pictures of...

Semar, could you post more detailed pictures of the hilt, especially where the knuckle bow meets the pommel. Look almost as though there is a discontinuity there.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd July 2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 322
Posted By Ian
Definitely a mystery

Hello Semar:

Thank you for posting this interesting and challenging example.

i have not seen one exactly similar to this, but it seems to be either Indonesian or perhaps from the Philippines.
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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st July 2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 255
Posted By Ian
A quick look through Egerton shows nothing...

A quick look through Egerton shows nothing particularly helpful.

There is a seller on eBay out of Rajasthan who has a current auction with a similar unmounted axe head. The method of fixation would...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th July 2014, 06:09 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,866
Posted By Ian
I was looking through this old thread and came...

I was looking through this old thread and came across the name BUCAO, which is place I have actually been through. It is located not in Bicol, but in the province of La Union, just south of Ilocos...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th July 2014, 04:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 227
Posted By Ian
Robert: I believe the original item of...

Robert:

I believe the original item of discussion here is most probably a tenegre from the western Visayas, probably Panay, and almost certainly of Ilongo manufacture.

As such, the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th July 2014, 12:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 272
Posted By Ian
Another gold (suassa) ferrule

I thought the ferrule on this one was copper until I had it tested. It came back 10K gold with copper alloy. This is a plain-looking Moro ferrule IMO. The carved simple wooden pommel is very well...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th July 2014, 12:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 272
Posted By Ian
Another tilted "wrangka"

Charles:

I would like to share a couple of mine on this thread also. This one has a silver ferrule but also has the tilted "wrangka" similar to your example. Another fairly long ferrule with two...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 288
Posted By Ian
Thanks Detlef. Yes, another match. The hilt and...

Thanks Detlef.

Yes, another match. The hilt and ferrule are the same, the blade form is similar to several posted below, and the scabbard has the same semicircular motif with radiating lines.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 288
Posted By Ian
Yes, Robert, I agree that it could well be from...

Yes, Robert, I agree that it could well be from Batangas. Hilts made of horn are quite common there, although the leather sheath and belt seem to have been fairly widespread in the late 19th/early...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 288
Posted By Ian
In looking for other examples I went through...

In looking for other examples I went through Artzi's old sales on Oriental Arms web site. Could only find one possible example (no. 11156) shown here:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 272
Posted By Ian
Hi Charles: This is a lovely piece--very...

Hi Charles:

This is a lovely piece--very elegant.

The hilt looks Moro but the gold ferrule is certainly odd. My first thought on seeing the gold work was that it resembled SE Asian styles on dha....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 283
Posted By Ian
Great post Jim. The bells on this piece also...

Great post Jim.

The bells on this piece also look like "hawk bells" that were used in falconry and are found too on Native American pieces.

Very interesting weapon and a nice example.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2014, 03:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 288
Posted By Ian
Walang anuman Jose

Walang anuman Jose
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th July 2014, 08:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 288
Posted By Ian
One more thought about the scababrds shown so far

As I look at each of the three scabbards so far displayed here, I see that the same motif appears on all three. It is a semicircle with radiating lines that cut the semicircle into wedges. The two...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th July 2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 288
Posted By Ian
Robert, I have seen other blade forms but these...

Robert, I have seen other blade forms but these looked very much like tools. I've seen a straight machete type of blade, as well as straight-sided choppers. In the link to the blog I gave below is a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th July 2014, 07:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 288
Posted By Ian
Thanks Detlef for showing your interesting older...

Thanks Detlef for showing your interesting older example. In answer to your question about the partial versus full tang, yes I have seen a couple of other examples with this arrangement. That's why I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th July 2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 288
Posted By Ian
Thanks again. Very useful information Robert....

Thanks again. Very useful information Robert. Both of these are mine. I bought them in the last couple of days and should have them shortly for closer inspection.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th July 2014, 04:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 288
Posted By Ian
Robert: Thank you for the response and...

Robert:

Thank you for the response and interesting knife that you showed in the earlier thread. There seems to be a commonality with the ferrule and adjacent wooden polygonal rings, and the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th July 2014, 04:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 288
Posted By Ian
Another one with the same style hilt

This one also finished at auction in the last two days. The hilts are very similar but the blades are clearly different. This one carries a date of 1959 on the wooden scabbard, and was probably a...
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