I think the hilt is perfect for a sword intended for actual use in combat. The rattan strips are placed precisely for a good purchase with the hand (while still having a little silver on the hilt for show), and the small rounded pommel will not snag on anything. I've seen just this style before on battle kris
, and it would not surprise if this sword was owned by a panglima
or similar high ranking warrior, perhaps a member of the nobility. You have a swordsman's sword. The plain scabbard is consistent with it being used simply to transport the sword and perhaps be used in the off hand to parry blows from an opponent--again this points to this beautiful sword being a "user" rather than for display at gatherings or around the village. This appears to be a Maguindanao kris
, with a hilt and scabbard from the late 19th/early 20th C.
Whenever you want to move it on ...