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Old 30th June 2010, 04:56 PM   #5
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Great to have an item with a date!
Dating is next to impossible with Norht Sumatran pieces but I think quite a few items are earlier than we think.

Almost all fighting weapons are from before 1900/1910 (they were banned for regular wear so production ceased!) and most straightforward/simple weapons probably from around 1870/75 - made for the big wars with the Dutch. So if you have a good quality weapon with nice old patina there is a good chance it is from before 1875...

Originally Posted by Maurice
Hi Willem,

If the date Zifir's translation is true, you have at least a very old one.
Even from before the beginning of the Atjeh war....

I don't think Erik or I can say that for sure for our pieces......
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