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Old 18th April 2011, 12:44 AM   #1
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Default Pretty darn nice dha but from where?

Here is an interesting dha from my collection that I would love to get some opinions as to where it most likely originates. One unique feature to it is the scabbard which is completely done in pierced silver. I have never seen this feature on a dha before. The handle appears to be elephant ivory and is superbly carved. Plenty of pictures to browse so please enjoy.
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Old 18th April 2011, 12:45 AM   #2
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Here are some of the scabbard.
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Old 18th April 2011, 01:45 AM   #3
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Rick, I suggest you edit your original post from pretty nice to superb!

This is one fine looking Dha with a lovely near straight blade!

Burma for origins in my opinion purely by design.

I'd love to see a good macro shot of one panel of silver, I really want to see the effect of looking through the panel and the background.

Very nice! Congrats!

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Old 18th April 2011, 02:05 AM   #4
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Wow, Gavin is right...Superb piece Rick! Great condition! Definitely a fine example of the wonderful silver & ivory Burmese craftsmanship. (Burmese hands down no question)

Here are some similar examples, but none quite the level of silverwork...fantastic.

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=6348

http://dharesearch.bowditch.us/0057.htm

http://dharesearch.bowditch.us/C0036.htm

Thanks for sharing Rick!

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Old 18th April 2011, 02:57 AM   #5
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Yes I was wondering Burma but not sure. For sure the repousse is fantastic as well as the ivory carving!
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Old 18th April 2011, 03:04 AM   #6
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Rick, curious what is underneath the pierced silver? Can you see the wood? or velvet? or ???
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Old 18th April 2011, 03:56 AM   #7
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ummm......WOW!
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Old 18th April 2011, 06:40 AM   #8
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Beautiful piece, could we have a bit more of a look at the blade please
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Old 18th April 2011, 01:50 PM   #9
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Rick, I suggest you edit your original post from pretty nice to superb!

This is one fine looking Dha with a lovely near straight blade!

Burma for origins in my opinion purely by design.

I'd love to see a good macro shot of one panel of silver, I really want to see the effect of looking through the panel and the background.

Very nice! Congrats!


Thanks for the feedback Gav. I'll take a good close up shot of one panel of the silver so you can see the background.
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Old 18th April 2011, 01:53 PM   #10
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Rick, curious what is underneath the pierced silver? Can you see the wood? or velvet? or ???


Nathaniel, each panel of pierced silver has a silver sleeve that fits beneath it and both slide over the wood scabbard. The silver sleeve beneath has tarnished now, so you get some of that blackish patina showing through the piercings but no doubt they wanted that as a background as opposed to the wood.
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Beautiful piece, could we have a bit more of a look at the blade please
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Sure, no problem. Will take a few pictures of the blade this evening.
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Old 18th April 2011, 01:58 PM   #12
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Lawdamersi! something about about silver and ivory...

beautiful, rick, just absolutely beautiful
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Very NOice!...and great pics!
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Old 19th April 2011, 02:05 AM   #14
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As promised, here is a close up shot of the pierced silver so that you can see the silver sleeve in the background, albeit with tarnish that is showing through as black in spots. Also a couple of shots of the blade. Very thick spine with long shallow fuller and then 2 very narrow fullers running along the spine.
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Old 19th April 2011, 03:57 AM   #15
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Fantastic to see the silverwork up close and the blade. Thanks Rick

You know I was thinking about the pierced silverwork in SEA and remembered in Thailand with Silver purses:
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And also Silver women's belts:
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And similar can also be found in Laos and Cambodia
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Old 20th April 2011, 12:06 PM   #18
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Nathaniel thanks for posting those examples of pierced silver from the area. Looks like it is a long standing tradition and I'm sure there are probably other examples of dha scabbards with similar piercings.
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Wow Rick.......fantastic ...beautiful...

Moderators.....isn't it about time we had a similie with 'insanely green with envy'

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