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Old 21st May 2020, 01:00 PM   #1
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Default Mandaya bolo for discussion

Hello dear members,

It seems that we have Lumad time on the forum!

A Mandaya bolo was long on my personal wish list so I've bought this example recently so only the seller pictures for the moment. The scabbard has an inscription on both sides, one says "Bolo, Moro tribe, Mindanao, PI" on the other side I am not able to read the first name, sadly since I think to find out more when I know the the first name from the Major Bennett who seems to has collected this piece when he was positioned on the Philippines, maybe someone from you will be able to decipher his first name.
The handle is a little bit unusual when I compare it with other Mandaya bolos I've seen before but guess it's original or at least long together with the blade.
But I guess that the chain is a later addition but maybe still from the original owner, what you think?

I will post my own pictures soon as I have received it and have been able to give it a little TLC.
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Old 21st May 2020, 02:13 PM   #2
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What a fantastic piece; I know you will do it justice when you receive it.
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Old 21st May 2020, 02:31 PM   #3
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I can only agree... A fantastic piece, Detlef! Congratulations!
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Old 21st May 2020, 03:13 PM   #4
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Is it possible that the inscription says Major instead of mayor?
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Old 21st May 2020, 04:14 PM   #5
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Is it possible that the inscription says Major instead of mayor?


For sure! My wrong spelling!
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Old 21st May 2020, 04:15 PM   #6
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Drac2k and Stefan, thank you very much!
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Old 21st May 2020, 08:17 PM   #7
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Hi Detlef:

I'm glad you got this one! I was watching the auction also. A nice older example with the upturned scabbard. From its appearance and the style of writing I would say this is a pre-WWII piece, perhaps 1900-1920.

I believe the Major's first name is Duane, a fairly common U.S. first name. I have searched online for him but no success.

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Old 22nd May 2020, 02:19 AM   #8
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No question: Mandaya through and through.

Glad you posted this Detlef - not a lot of Mandaya bolos out there.
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Old 22nd May 2020, 05:12 AM   #9
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There is record of a Captain Lucius C. Bennett, stationed in Parang, Mindanao with the 31st Infantry (headquartered in Zamboanga) at the turn of the century. Parang is just north of Cotabato City in the present day province of Maguindanao. This is not Mandaya country, but certainly is Moro (as noted on the scabbard).
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Old 22nd May 2020, 02:23 PM   #10
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Ian:
Thank you! I hope that I will be able to decipher the first name soon as I have it here in my hands. And yes, I would concur with your age guess.

Jose:
This was the reason to buy it, they are so seldom seen for selling that I didn't want to let it go. It's not fancy as your one but a honest example with provenance which need to get uncovered.

Craig:
Thank you very much! The only confusing fact is that it was a Captain and on the scabbard is written Major! I am not very firm with ranks in the US army, is it possible that it is the same person?

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It certainly wouldn't be unusual for an officer to get a promotion, especially in an environment of conflict.
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It certainly wouldn't be unusual for an officer to get a promotion, especially in an environment of conflict.


Yes, this would be certainly an explanation!
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.............and mine might be chieftain class, but it doesn't have provenance like yours............
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