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Old 3rd October 2016, 07:20 PM   #1
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Default Celebes knife

Well, I think it says Celebes 26th June 1916

I cannot make out the rest of the script - any suggestions ?

Wood and silver, note the top of the pommel which reminds me of the "noses" of some Filipino knives.

Only 25cm long with an 11.5cm blade.

Beautifully made.

What would you call it ??

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Old 4th October 2016, 12:45 PM   #2
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What a nice and fascinating piece!
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Old 4th October 2016, 01:45 PM   #3
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Hello Roy,

very interesting and beautiful little knife! It has a very strong resemblance to the Visayan plamenko/plamingko, see here: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...hlight=plamenko
But frankly said I never have seen something similar from Sulawesi/Celebes.

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Old 4th October 2016, 04:58 PM   #4
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Thanks for the comments

It is a bit unusual for Celebes, I agree.
I think I am reading the word "celebes" correctly but as I said I cannot make out the rest of the words.
At that time it would have been part of the Netherlands East Indies so perhaps the wording is Dutch ?
Perhaps one of our Netherlands members could take a look.
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Just had a thought - that does look like 26 Juni which, I believe is dutch for June.
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I see the word "Celebes" on it, and I don't see much of a Visayan influence.
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Just had a thought - that does look like 26 Juni which, I believe is dutch for June.


Yes, correct!
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I see the word "Celebes" on it, and I don't see much of a Visayan influence.


The blade shape remember a little bit to a plamenko. But also to a "belly" shaped badik.
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