i have the privilege of handling this before the auction. nothing in this particular barung says that it was a later piece; it's just that it was well taken cared off. i don't think the pommel was a later replacement either.
Thanks for your observations! Did you note wear commensurate with estimated age?
as far as the brass rings; it's not a common method but i noticed these are more prevalent on wood junggayans similar to this. here is another example with brass/silver ferrule on a wooded junggayan.
Very nice grouping! And that scabbard looks much more convincing!
Any feelings about inlay that got just glued? Appears to be quite common - however, any tendencies/trends?