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Old 15th January 2019, 08:54 PM   #16
kai
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Hello Willem,

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"refurbished" is what comes to mind.
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All together a very nice mandau. restored and completed in situ.

D'accord.

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I gues that various parts where combined. oldest first imho

Blade looks very old / pre 1900 possibly

The blade certainly is unusual which makes evaluation difficult. I get the impression that it is heavily worn and, thus, of decent age: The engraved decor is unusual - the somewhat rough craftsmanship may point to a local production. The decor at the tip is heavily worn which supports considerable age rather than late production IMHO.


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Coins are dated, but are set in very recent resin.
Carrying strap looks well made and old.

I posit that the belt/strap might even predate 1920/1910.

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scabbard carving style and quality looks old.

The varnish does result in an odd glossy look and appearance of more recent origin.


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Handle is well carved, maybe it is old, but maybe of later date, might be upto late 20th century and made by a carver who still had the skills.

Can the carving style be attributed to any specific region?


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handle wrapping is recent. same as the resin.

Yup.


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side knife, blade looks old, but the carving on top of the handle much more recent in style , again imho.

snake skin side scabbard. very recent and unusual material.

Also the red fabric, of course.

Regards,
Kai
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