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Old 21st January 2014, 07:13 PM   #1
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Here is my latest ebay find, a very nice little gunong. I am very happy to say that the fittings are made of coin silver and to my great joy and surprise all of the twisted wire bands on the scabbard and hilt are of low grade gold. Maybe that is the reason be seller thought that all the fittings were made of brass. While the silver itself was tarnished the gold wire (after just wiping with a damp cloth) was still quite bright and shiny. Here are a few photos, before (auction photos) and after a little cleaning. I don't know why the color of the gold wire is washed out so bad (possibly because I had to use a flash when taking the photos) but it can be seen best in the first two photos taken after cleaning. I would date this to the second quarter of the 20th century (1930's) and being of Maranao origin. Etching the blade will be my next step as I believe it to be laminated. Any comments or added information would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 21st January 2014, 07:16 PM   #2
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Robert, that's just stunning. Congratulations! Can't wait to see the etch.

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Old 22nd January 2014, 06:31 AM   #3
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Hello Steve, and thank you very much for your kind words. I was hoping to have the etch done before posting this on the forum but as usual too many things ahead of it have postponed my getting it done. I hope to be able to post photos of the etched blade in the next week or so. I am just happy to have finally found a silver fitted example of these wonderful knives/daggers. Now if I can just find a 19th century example of one of these.

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Old 22nd January 2014, 10:38 AM   #4
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Hello Robert,

very nice gunong. The gold could be suassa IMHO.

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Old 22nd January 2014, 04:07 PM   #5
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Hello Detlef, Glad you like it. Yes the wire is probibly suassa. It tests out at about 9 to 10K.

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Yup......then that's swassa........

I would LOVE to have a swassa example......
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