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Old 3rd July 2009, 07:56 PM   #1
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Default A Dagger Hafted Lance Whatzit Day

I had picked this up from Rob Miller of LionGate some years ago. In some ways, this be considered an early example of old stuff I was looking to accumulate. His thoughts had been (with a grain or two of salt) that the carving and gold work could be Japanese.

I had run this up the falgpole a few times and at an annual show, always a whatzit or something Pacific rim. Seven out of ten see a dragon immediately but I always have to look really hard myself. It is a bit like those trick prints some can make sense of.

Anyway, an old laminated blade that has eveidence of serious grinding some time in the past of its history. The pommel leaf work are individual on wires and bundled together. I have never been able to offer great pictures of the bone carving. I had taken this in to the Higgins last year for evaluation and Jeff Forgeng poked about a bit but came up uncertain except for the mention of agreeing it was probably Pacific rim or islander and petty late carving work. It does somewhat resemble Meji era stuff but the blade itself was never Japanese and the blade almost old Indian or other. (he was much more excited to see a hussar sabre I had brought in). The number of leaves somewhat relates to one of the carvings but that doesn't ad up in number.



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Hotspur; It seems almost dug and then re-hafted for whatever reason
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Old 3rd July 2009, 08:41 PM   #2
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spearpoints set into a hilt are an indonesian item as far as i've seen, a search on 'tombak' will provide a lot of info. most have pamor (laminated steel/nickle patterning) when etched in the traditional arsenic based etchant. hilts vary from plain, like mine below to very fancy, as do the spearpoints themselves.


the ivory on yours could do with a better photo as detail is unclear. the pommel gold work does look a bit japanese, tho the spearpoint itself does not to my amateur eyes.japanese stuff is sorta out of my area.
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Old 4th July 2009, 12:31 AM   #3
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A close up shot of the base of the spear might help with it's ID .
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Old 4th July 2009, 01:34 AM   #4
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Garrr, I know I am one of the most haphazard at photos of stuff. Here are some more and a few may zoom more cordially than others.

Thanks for the thoughts.

Hotspur; my camera is about the same level of most phones these days

Oh yes, 13 1/4" or 33.5 cm point to butt. Blade 23.5cm or 91/4' haft to point.
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The blade could be a Moro budiak if it's laminated...Philippines, fits with the Pacific/Japanese idea
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...here is a link from Dr Stein's site showing Japanese spear (yari) mounted into tanto (knife) this was not too uncommon.

http://home.earthlink.net/~steinrl/unji.htm

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The spear point looks Philippine, (judging from the base and short tang) .

War trophy from the early years decorated at home ?
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Also looks like the Philippines to me too. I think Ricks idea makes a lot of sense.
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