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Old 2nd July 2015, 12:43 PM   #1
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Default A Dah for the Dah crew

There seems to be a lot of posts with Dah of late and I am often asked to share more of mine...so here is one recently bought with the help of a fellow member.
It has some of the finest silver work I have seen in a long time, has a makers seal stamp to the base and very unusual inlay to the tip of the blade.

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Old 2nd July 2015, 01:05 PM   #2
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That's not a daa, that's a WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are indeed a very lucky man!Any chance for some close-ups ?
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Old 2nd July 2015, 01:36 PM   #3
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It's as nice in the hand as it looks.
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Old 2nd July 2015, 01:58 PM   #4
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Just a gorgeeeeeeeeeeez piece. The sword itself is lovely, but the scabbard mounts are spectacular!
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Old 2nd July 2015, 04:08 PM   #5
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Gavin:

Very nice dha/daab. This one is almost certainly coming from our old friends the Husa in Yunnan, perhaps with some Shan elite silversmithing, arising from that part of the Shan territory near the junction of Burma, Yunnan, and Thailand. We have discussed Husa dha/daab here before and the stamp at forte resembles other examples of their work. Brass inlaid dots are found occasionally on other Husa blades.

Top quality example of this type of dha/daab.

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Old 2nd July 2015, 04:16 PM   #6
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Another example of the same genre with extensive silver work.

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Old 2nd July 2015, 11:44 PM   #7
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Hi Gavin,

nice dha indeed and I agree what others have said already. Do you have a guess how old this beauty could be?

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Old 3rd July 2015, 10:18 AM   #8
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Thanks gents,

In response to notes and questions

Drac2K, I will certainly provide further close ups over the coming week as time permits.

Iain, thank you. Iain has had the benefit of handling this sword. It is near perfect in form and quality and it is exceptionally fast in the hand, the size and elliptical grip certainly aids this.

Charles, exactly the reason I chased it! You will see the exacting same detail throughout every silver application.

Ian, thank you. It is one of the finer examples from the region.

Sajen, an exact age I cannot estimate. I will play safe and say circa 1900, could be older and could be up to 1930's. If the makers seal was documented and known, it would be easier.

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Old 18th July 2015, 03:06 AM   #9
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Congratulations Gavin on the stellar daab. Grade A condition! The scabbard as Charles highlights really is the thing that pops out at you. Very well executed silverwork. Look at that Lotus bud pommel! Very well done! Chinese cloud motifs...it is a wonderful mix of Chinese and Tai motifs. Based on the silverwork, I'm guessing there is a chinese stamp of the silver smith on the inside mouth of the scabbard? Oh, I see you already mentioned that. Not HuSa made, Ian. It's not a HuSa makers mark...nor the motifs HuSa. Still from Yunnan or border areas. It's interesting the square tip...most I have seen have either a lotus bud tip or more pointed tip. The three inlaid brass dots too is something unique, as more commonly you see just one brass dot inlaid at the tip.
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Old 1st August 2015, 08:56 PM   #10
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Gorgeous Husa/Yunnan sword, Gavin. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 12th September 2015, 03:27 AM   #11
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Its not clear or crisp but it gives you an idea.

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