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Old 23rd March 2011, 03:57 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Negrito Double Bladed Walking Stick

New to the forum, this is my first post here to share some pictures of an estate sale I recently went to, and pictures of the items I was lucky enough to get my hands on while there.

Here is a link of the estate sale... Pictures #35, 36, 37, 38 of 144 and #1 of 26.

Lots of amazing pieces here, like the Luzon Shield, the long arrows, spears, Filipino knives, and a walking stick. This collection was so amazing. With the little funds I had to spend, I was able to purchase some items that I will be posting for all to see.

I was able to get in touch with the daughter of the passed owner of the collection and learned the history of many of the pieces shown. This collection was amassed by a high ranking Navy man. Somehow, he was able to use his rank to pull some strings and get this collection shipped. He was able to do this, even though the President of the Philippines did not allow any personal items to leave the country. This included ALL, not just curios or native items. But with the combination of his rank, and the unfortunate events of a volcanic eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991, this collection found its way to the U.S. and 20 years would pass before it would be split.

I was able to get 2 pieces, the first being the most amazing of the entire collection.

Here are the pictures of the Negrito/Filipino Double Bladed Walking Stick.

All thoughts, questions, and further clarification/classification will be well received.

Thank you for viewing this thread, and I hope you have enjoyed the pictures.
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Old 24th March 2011, 11:12 AM   #2
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This piece is one of those type of items that were sold to American soldiers who were stationed or visited the former Clark and Subic military bases in Central Luzon, Philippines. Circa 1970s or 80s. Probably made by the Ifugaos of Northern Luzon and brought to Central Luzon to be sold at the thriving souvenir market back then (before the military bases were closed).
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Old 4th April 2011, 03:10 AM   #3
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thank you Nonoy Tan for your post. I did some research on the Ifugao, and the people do use walking sticks, mostly the elders. I have even found a pic with walking stick that has the carved figure of what I found to be called a Bulul.

I would like to know if you can elaborate on why you say with certainty that this piece is what you says it is

"This piece is one of those type of items that were sold to American soldiers" - Nonoy Tan

because ...... I have found NOTHING like it on the internet. I received an email from the owner of the go to website for all kinds of canes and walking sticks, and he has seen nothing like it.
And to further support this.... That website is thee site that members from I.A.A.U.C.C. go to.( International Association of Antique Umbrella and Cane Collectors )
And you can bet your butt that he has seen it all, except for this one.

Where have you seen this piece before? Do you have any pictures? References of any sort??? Can anybody supply a picture of anything like it?

And if this piece was sold to American Soldiers, why is it that I cant find anything like it on the worldwide web? Wouldn't there be at least a handful of them?

How you have come to this conclusion is very interesting to me, as I have spent many hours trying to find the truest history to this piece as possible.

Is there anybody here that can support their identification of this Filipino Negrito Ifugao Walking Stick?

And if not, please don't post with certainty on what it is without some kind of references.
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Old 5th April 2011, 07:28 AM   #4
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Hi John, you may PM me your email address where I can send you some photos.
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Old 5th April 2011, 01:32 PM   #5
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Nonoy, it might be better if you posted these photos here for everyones edification.
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Old 6th April 2011, 04:45 PM   #6
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What I find interesting is the iron end spike. These spikes are found on the back end of many types of Ingorot spears and this example does show some age to it. So my guess is they used a cut down spear shaft to construct this walking stick. Some parts may be older than WW2 but does look like a GI bring back. So this seems like a composite of old and vintage pieces the rattan does not have the proper patina of an older piece. Still it is a nice example.
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