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Old 28th November 2023, 10:16 PM   #1
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Default PawnShop Keris… looking for information

I found this Keris in a pawnshop in a little town in Southern California. I would love to know what you all think. Thank you in advance… This forum is invaluable!
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Old 30th November 2023, 05:07 PM   #2
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Seems like a pretty decent "everyman's keris". Nothing particularly fancy here, but it seems to be a well formed dhapur tilamupih (?) with good pamor. The sheath seems to be wrongko iras (all one piece of wood), which is always a nice find. Ladrang Capu? Does the blade fit the wrongko correctly. Seems to need a little TLC, but basically in good condition.
As a pawn shop buy i trust you got a good deal on it? I love when we find keris in unusual and unexpected places.
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Old 30th November 2023, 06:01 PM   #3
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they had a few others in there, including one that has been sanded so badly that all the pamor was gone. (Sigh.) this one at least was in pretty fair condition. Thank you, Alan, for your no nonsense explanation on how to wash it with detergent and a toothbrush and give it some WD-40. Yes, the scabbard fits perfectly.
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Yes Montino, simple things sometimes work best.

I think this keris is likely to tangguh Tuban.
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Old 1st December 2023, 06:11 AM   #5
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Hello Montino,

You should polish up the brass pendok (over sheath). Pamor is wos wutah.

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I like it.
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Old 1st December 2023, 07:18 PM   #7
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Hello Montino,

You should polish up the brass pendok (over sheath). Pamor is wos wutah.

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I agree. Part of what i had intended when i wrote that it needs a little TLC. Sometimes i think collectors are afraid to polish up metal accessories like pendoks believing that "patina" is all important, but from my perspective the dress of a keris is supposed to be maintained and metal parts are supposed to shine. I would also condition the wood a bit as well as washing the blade with some soap and warm water and applying a good oiling. Be sure to completely dry the blade before oiling though.
I might even consider replacing the somewhat worn out mendak if i really wanted to spiff-up this ensemble.
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