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Old 4th August 2013, 08:08 PM   #1
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Default First Philippine Republic dagger from Vigan

Hi!

I am posting pictures on something I just won in an auction. I still have to receive it, so I am posting pictures from the auctioneer.

The over-all length is 12 inches, the sheath looks like it is silver with the Three Stars and Sun emblem, as well as the initials REGH in ornate letters. The blade has engraved near the guard "Filipinas Isla de Luzon" and on the other side (in what looks like a different hand) "Vigan P.I." This would suggest it is a Filipino officers army dagger (give its sheath is silver), possibly from the famed Tinio Brigade, which was under the command of General Manuel Tinio that was tasked with the defense of Vigan and the Ilocos region in 1899-1901.

One question - how common is it for these daggers to have silver sheaths (not just silver mounts)?

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Old 4th August 2013, 09:33 PM   #2
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Wow, what a great find Michael! Can't answer your question but surely it is from a high ranking person. Other more knowledge members could tell you maybe more. A pity that most of the silver wire at the handle is gone but it seems restorable. Please post pictures when you have received it. And when you ever get tired of it....

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Old 5th August 2013, 07:31 AM   #3
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I would say not common at all!
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Old 5th August 2013, 09:00 AM   #4
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Here you can see an other one: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=10723

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Old 5th August 2013, 09:43 AM   #5
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That is stunning. Congratulations!
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Old 5th August 2013, 12:36 PM   #6
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Wow !! I just fall in love what a Beautiful piece, this type of pieces are my temtation.
If some day you decide to sell it, please tell me ...
Best regards and thanks for posting
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Old 5th August 2013, 01:45 PM   #7
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Here some other nice examples of this sort of dagger from old threads, hopefully the owners don't mind.
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Old 5th August 2013, 01:48 PM   #8
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Some more! Hope that one day I will own also one!
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Old 5th August 2013, 05:52 PM   #9
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Hi!

Thanks for the comments. Jose will be applying his restoration magic on the dagger when it arrives, so we will post more pictures after he has worked on it!

cheers, Michael
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Old 6th August 2013, 07:03 PM   #10
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Hi all!

I just got it and shipping it to Jose for restoration. It is actually relatively small - over-all length is just over 10 inches, and relatively light. Has anyone seen daggers this small from this era?

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Old 7th August 2013, 02:57 AM   #11
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Has anyone seen daggers this small from this era?

Michael, i have seen a number of Moro gunongs this small from the same time period.
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Like David I have seen some this small. In fact, some of the same period Luzono daggers pictured on this thread are the same size as yours.
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Old 23rd August 2013, 12:26 AM   #13
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Finally here are pictures of the restored piece with close ups. I replaced the missing twisted silver wire, polished all of the silver mounts, and took off the rust off the blade.
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Old 23rd August 2013, 12:28 AM   #14
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Notice the butt end of the huilt - it looks to me like a damaged sun face (a symbol used by the Katipunan and later 1st PI Republic).
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Old 23rd August 2013, 12:29 AM   #15
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BTW - the Ilocos regional attribution would fit for this piece since the blade is Ilocano in form.
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Old 23rd August 2013, 03:32 PM   #16
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Like usual very good restore job and a very nice dagger!
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