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Old 3rd August 2009, 12:47 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Moro items at Pres. Hayes museum

Somebody referred this website to me earlier, the Rutherford Hayes Presidential Center (museum).

Has anybody else checked this out before? Aside from pics (e.g., the whale bone kampilan below), there's also a detailed description of the item, like:
Description: large sword; heavy steel blade with barbed end forming two points; ivory hilt, handle and pommel; handle wrapped completely in woven rattan; bridged hilt in two pieces: top piece and flat underpiece held together by two steel pins; pommel is flat and large, shaped somewhat like an inverted ”A”; outer edges of pommel carved along with simple designs carved onto surface; pommel actually has wood inside sandwiched by two pieces of whale bone all held together with steel pins; on top of handle is honey-comb type piece of wood (actually inside of handle) with 34 holes;

Date: 1900
Dimensions: L - 40.551 inches
Material: steel; whale bone; rattan; wood;
Event: Philippine Insurrection

Provenance: Moro kampilan presented to Webb by the Sultan of Mindanao.

Notes # 13 in display case; part of a collection of weapons Webb C Hayes brought back from the Philippines; purchased at a Moro market near Cotabato, Mindanao, Feb 1900;

Collection: Webb Cook Hayes
The bone kampilan below looks similar to the one shown in Cato's "Moro Swords" book ...
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Another kampilan, amongst the many in the collection ...
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This kris was described as a gift from the Sultan of Sulu:
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More krises, once again among the many in the collection ...
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A panabas ...
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Forgot what this one was called ...
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Forgot what this one was called ...


From memory Cato notes them in his book as refered to by museums who have them "battle axes".

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From memory Cato notes them in his book as refered to by museums who have them "battle axes". Gav

Gav, thanks for the remark

Maybe somebody can also comment on the motions or technique used by the warrior using this weapon ... because I find this weapon unusual.

Here's how the weapon was described in its webpage:

Object Name: Ax
Other Name: Panabas
Catalog Number: 1934.706.1

Description: hand-held ax (often refered to as a borong); leaf-shaped blade, thickens on top and narrows towards bottom, and is heavy; handle is wood and has numerous rinds carved into it from middle to top; bottom half is split down the middle (by design) to accommodate the hidden hilt of the blade and held together by four metal bands, one corroded silver and the three botttom ones brass; end cap has ”WP 54” written in black ink; top part of handle side has unreadable marking sticker;

Date: 1900
Dimensions: L - 20.866 inches
Material: wood; metal;
Event: Philippine Insurrection

Provenance: Panabas brought back from the Philippines by Webb C. Hayes

Notes: # 6 in display case; part of a collection of weapons and assorted items Webb C Hayes brought back from the Philippines. According to Ron Zambarrona [Zambarrano], a collector and historian of Moro weapons, this is a rarest form of a Panabas, a smaller version, which is often mistaken for an ax.

Collection: Webb Cook Hayes

Hmm, doesn't the name mentioned above sound familiar?
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Somebody referred this website to me earlier, the Rutherford Hayes Presidential Center (museum).


Thanks for the link. I didn't check this one before!
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Old 4th August 2009, 08:39 AM   #10
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Pres. Rutherford Hayes's son(Webb Hayes) was a Colonel during the Spanish American War and the Philippine American War. Which is why there are so many Philippine artifacts in their collection...Col Webb Hayes went on one serious collecting spree, from Northern Luzon to Mindanao. Col Hayes led the successful assault on Vigan, Ilocos Sur(Norther Luzon region). His capture of Vigan awarded him the Congressional Medal of Honor.




Rayadillo uniform that belonged to Major Natividad with blood on it. Maj Natividad was from a prominent family.
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