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Old 8th August 2013, 01:30 PM   #1
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Hi.
Im trying to research this Sickle. Its around 25 x 27cm.
It has an inscription around the back edge in Latin Characters.
I am presuming its a Ceremonial piece for the cutting the first Harvest or similar?
Any ideas of age and provenance?
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Old 8th August 2013, 01:31 PM   #2
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Old 12th August 2013, 03:36 PM   #3
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Hello,

The construction is similar to that of Nepalese hasiya sickles:
http://vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=603
http://vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=11243 (original pics no longer available but IIRC the piece was quite similar to yours)

Very odd cutouts in the blade though. An unnecessary waste of material I think. This could be a more modern embellishment...

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Old 12th August 2013, 08:25 PM   #4
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What does the inscription say? I can't make it out.

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Old 13th August 2013, 07:21 AM   #5
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reminds me of no. italian brush cutters, called 'beidane', many have cutout decorations, hearts, etc. and a hook on the pommel to hang it on your belt. this looks like a fancy older sickle shaped one.

Thread discussed similar ones HERE

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The inscription is very difficult to read anything. Theres just the odd letter.

I also feel it is of European manufacture, the construction of the Barrel Handle is very similar to that of arrel Locks from the 17th century.

The Belt Hook is very similar so perhaps it is Italian?
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Old 16th August 2013, 09:44 PM   #7
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Very odd cutouts in the blade though. An unnecessary waste of material I think. This could be a more modern embellishment...

It is obviously not a practical blade. The cutouts may will hold a symbolic meaning and purpose. Not really a waste of materials as i would image that a smith would not throw iron away rather than reforge it.
I don't think these cutouts were added later. It seems the original design to me.
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