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Old 30th October 2014, 09:02 AM   #1
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Default Luzon bolo - a tabak?

Not long ago I've purchased this bolo from the bay, the seller thought that it is a Tuareg sword! It was listed several times and the required price went down to a one which was ok for me.
I think that we can call it a tabak, would you agree? Any guess from where on Luzon? Age? I guess first quarter of the 20th century, would you agree?

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Old 31st October 2014, 03:36 AM   #2
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Yes this is a tabak from the Pampanga region.
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Old 31st October 2014, 08:11 AM   #3
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Yes this is a tabak from the Pampanga region.


Hello Jose,

thank you very much for confirming and also for the exact origin! Do you have a guess about the age?

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Hello Detlef,
I would like to wait until you receive this bolo and can show better photos of the blades tip before I would express an opinion on whether this is a tabak or not. What makes me wonder (besides poor photos of the blades tip) is the scabbard. The fact that it is pointed on the end and not cut to match the end of the blade makes me wonder if this just simply had the tip of the blade broken off at some time. All of the tabaks that I own and have seen so far that still have their original scabbards have the end cut at the same angle as the tip of the blade. Then again, it could be that your example is just different. As for age, the workmanship of your bolo looks to be late 19th to early 20th century to me. Congratulations for another very nice find.

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Hello Detlef,
I would like to wait until you receive this bolo and can show better photos of the blades tip before I would express an opinion on whether this is a tabak or not. What makes me wonder (besides poor photos of the blades tip) is the scabbard. The fact that it is pointed on the end and not cut to match the end of the blade makes me wonder if this just simply had the tip of the blade broken off at some time. All of the tabaks that I own and have seen so far that still have their original scabbards have the end cut at the same angle as the tip of the blade. Then again, it could be that your example is just different. As for age, the workmanship of your bolo looks to be late 19th to early 20th century to me. Congratulations for another very nice find.

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Hello Robert,

have attached a picture of the blade tip. I think that that the scabbard is not the original one ore repaired at the tip but I am unsure about this.
Thank you for your comment and your age guess for the sword, so it could maybe older as I've thought.

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Old 31st October 2014, 08:06 PM   #6
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Well, that settles that. Congratulations on your new tabak. The tip of the scabbard is definitely an add on, most likely added by someone who did not know what the end should look like.

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