I seriously doubt that these were intended for military use. If we look at WWII-era dha
, they were fairly plain with plaited rattan strips holding the scabbards together, and similar strips on their plain wooden hilts. Dha
, as legitimate fighting weapons, were largely replaced by guns by the mid- to late-19th C. The dha
continued mainly as a large, general purpose, "bush knife."
Everything about the pair you show suggests 20th C manufacture, which is well after the dha
was used as a primary weapon. The materials suggest relatively inexpensive swords that are fully functional, but may have been reduced to ceremonial/display functions at the time they were made.
Originally Posted by RobT
Thanks for your response. Is there any possibility that the swords were military issue?