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Old 5th March 2020, 03:09 AM   #1
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Greetings folks.

Here is the only Bagobo datu spear I have. I just finished restoring it based on research from old pictures and Krieger’s work.

The blade is steel with silver and bronze/brass dots. All of the silver inlays are reminiscent of Moro datu kris blade work.

Beneath the blade are a bronze collar with worn down spirals and a brass collar with “figures” chased in it. Below all of that is a section of brass hammered wire, held at the bottom with a bone ring.

At the distal end the spear was split and I glued that, then made the Bagobo figured brass sleeve with a hammered cap at the end.

I would place this at the end of the 19th century.
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Here is a picture of a Bagobo datu taken in 1900. Notice the spiral wire wrap near the hand and especially the spear blade with inlay.
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Old 5th March 2020, 08:36 AM   #3
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Lovely piece and interesting information!

Thank you for sharing!
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Old 5th March 2020, 11:11 AM   #4
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One of the most attractive Philippines spears I have seen!
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Old 5th March 2020, 04:15 PM   #5
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Brilliant restoration, Jose!
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Lovely symbolism. Great piece!


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Greetings folks.

Here is the only Bagobo datu spear I have. I just finished restoring it based on research from old pictures and Krieger’s work.

The blade is steel with silver and bronze/brass dots. All of the silver inlays are reminiscent of Moro datu kris blade work.

Beneath the blade are a bronze collar with worn down spirals and a brass collar with “figures” chased in it. Below all of that is a section of brass hammered wire, held at the bottom with a bone ring.

At the distal end the spear was split and I glued that, then made the Bagobo figured brass sleeve with a hammered cap at the end.

I would place this at the end of the 19th century.
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Old 5th March 2020, 09:36 PM   #7
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Very nice piece, Jose!

Do the silver as well as the brass inlays have central dots from another alloy? Could you take a close-up, please?

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Thank you folks.

Hi Kai, I hope this picture is what you were asking. The only metals that I can find are silver (more like a sterling silver of around 90-92% silver and 10-8% copper alloy) and brass/bronze. No other alloys are present.
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Very nice spear Jose, masterfully restored to its original glory.
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Old 7th March 2020, 03:00 AM   #10
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Very nice piece, Jose!

Do the silver as well as the brass inlays have central dots from another alloy? Could you take a close-up, please?

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Kai

After re-reading your question again, I now understand better. The round/middle parts of the dots and inlays are the same. The color differentials are from lighting and the effects of etching. I etched the blade just in case there was a pattern in the steel (and yes it makes the inlays pop out better).
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Beautiful spear Jose, congrats!
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