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Old 30th April 2021, 10:34 PM   #91
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Hello everyone.

Iím new to the forum, this is my first post. Iíve been collecting barungs for a while, here are a few pics Iíd like to share.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
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Old 2nd May 2021, 01:53 AM   #92
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Welcome to the forum!

That's a neat collection for a start - especially the series of slender barung which all seem to hail from the first half of the 20th century.

The first looks like an antique blade in recent scabbard; some more pics would be good.

Do you know the maker of the last example?

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Old 2nd May 2021, 10:29 AM   #93
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Also from me a welcome to the forum Pindang!

Nice collection of barungs.

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Old 2nd May 2021, 02:44 PM   #94
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Welcome to the forum!

That's a neat collection for a start - especially the series of slender barung which all seem to hail from the first half of the 20th century.

The first looks like an antique blade in recent scabbard; some more pics would be good.

Do you know the maker of the last example?

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Thank you. Iíll post more pics of the first example. Sorry, I donít know who is the maker of the last piece.
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Old 2nd May 2021, 02:46 PM   #95
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Also from me a welcome to the forum Pindang!

Nice collection of barungs.

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Thank you Sir!
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Old 3rd May 2021, 10:54 PM   #96
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Welcome to the forum!

That's a neat collection for a start - especially the series of slender barung which all seem to hail from the first half of the 20th century.

The first looks like an antique blade in recent scabbard; some more pics would be good.

Do you know the maker of the last example?

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Kai, here are a few more pics of the first barung.
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Old 5th May 2021, 12:03 AM   #97
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Thanks! Another nice example from the first half of the 20th century; the blade seems to be of above-average quality and could be an older, antique piece that got rehilted. The scabbard does seem to show some wear; it clearly exhibits modern craftsmanship though and will be a later replacement.


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This looks much more recent overall. What does the writing on the scabbard say?

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Old 5th May 2021, 03:41 AM   #98
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Thanks! Another nice example from the first half of the 20th century; the blade seems to be of above-average quality and could be an older, antique piece that got rehilted. The scabbard does seem to show some wear; it clearly exhibits modern craftsmanship though and will be a later replacement.



This looks much more recent overall. What does the writing on the scabbard say?

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Yes, I believe its the newest of the barungs i posted. its someones name and address written on the scabbard.
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Old 5th May 2021, 08:51 AM   #99
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I'm not overly fond of the coloured electricians tape wraps, it has a bad habit of degenerating and coming loose, and then the glue is weak and doesn't stick to the tape - but sticks aggressively to the wood, staining it & is difficult to remove. I'd remove it and wrap it with rattan, or even string, possibly in colours like the tape, if you like that effect.
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Old 5th May 2021, 08:53 AM   #100
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looks like the initials D.C. (or P.S.)

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Old 5th May 2021, 08:49 PM   #101
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I'm not overly fond of the coloured electricians tape wraps, it has a bad habit of degenerating and coming loose, and then the glue is weak and doesn't stick to the tape - but sticks aggressively to the wood, staining it & is difficult to remove. I'd remove it and wrap it with rattan, or even string, possibly in colours like the tape, if you like that effect.
Thank you for the tips sir!
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Old 10th June 2021, 06:21 PM   #102
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Suddenly in love with this "new" barung...
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Old 12th June 2021, 11:33 PM   #103
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I believe both of these to be early 1900ís late 1800ís, but would love thoughts as to age. The 2nd is from Davidís collection.
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Old 13th June 2021, 08:35 AM   #104
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I would agree with your assessment, with perhaps greater emphasis on late 19th C than early 20th C. Both barung have kakatua hits that occurred in the 19th C, the second one being a junggayan hilt of that period. The second example is a very good barung.


Does the first example have a shandigan blade? It's hard to tell from the pictures.
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Old 13th June 2021, 06:41 PM   #105
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Here are a few barungs from my collection.
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Old 14th June 2021, 10:20 AM   #106
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Here are a few barungs from my collection.

😀 You only have a few? You need more.
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Old 14th June 2021, 03:33 PM   #107
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😀 You only have a few? You need more.
I agree sir! 😎😜😊
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Old 14th June 2021, 05:58 PM   #108
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Pindang,

Wow. What a lovely selection of older barung! You said "a few" of your barung. Do you have more of these beauties?

By any chance, do you have pictures of them on a white or lighter background? If so, would you mind posting those? I would like to archive pictures of these (mainly) 19th C examples, and the dark background makes the hilts hard to see.

Congratulations on having such a fine collection of these beautiful blades.

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Old 14th June 2021, 07:19 PM   #109
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Pindang,

Wow. What a lovely selection of older barung! You said "a few" of your barung. Do you have more of these beauties?

By any chance, do you have pictures of them on a white or lighter background? If so, would you mind posting those? I would like to archive pictures of these (mainly) 19th C examples, and the dark background makes the hilts hard to see.

Congratulations on having such a fine collection of these beautiful blades.

Ian.
Ian,

Yes I have more!

Iíll try and take some pictures for you with a lighter back ground this week.

Have a great day!
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Old 8th July 2021, 03:44 AM   #110
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Sorry all for the late reply on this.

But had to move across the coast and then work occupied my time.
Here's more photos and specs:

Blade length - 13 1/2inches
Thickness - 3/16
Hilt - close to 6 inches

Total length - 19 inches from tip of the blade and tip of the ivory hilt.

Perhaps that'll help to determine the provenance of it.

Thank you all!
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Old 9th July 2021, 12:45 AM   #111
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This is a nice ivory Maranao barong. I did some restoration work on this. Glad it went to a loving owner!
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Old 9th July 2021, 05:07 AM   #112
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Among us Filipino collectors, it's Mr pindang that has the most barungs, I'm betting He has a plethora of them!

Here are my latest barungs...a Sama barung with some initials on the scabbard plate and well-preserved rattan ferrule. 16in blade, hollow ground edge.

Then a barung entrusted to me by Ian, probably the best among my barungs right now...20.75in blade with sandigan edge. Wields really well, but with a beastly momentum on every cut.
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Old 9th July 2021, 09:25 AM   #113
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This is a nice ivory Maranao barong. I did some restoration work on this. Glad it went to a loving owner!
Thank you sir! I love this Barong. What restoration work did you do?
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Old 10th July 2021, 12:39 AM   #114
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Xas,


You are accumulating quite a collection of barung! I'm pleased you like the shandigan blade. As you say, it is quite a beast and longer than most shandigan. Look forward to hearing how it cuts for you.
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Hello Jose,

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This is a nice ivory Maranao barong. I did some restoration work on this.
Thanks for confirming! The blade is not easy to evaluate from the limited pics - do you think it also is Maranao or is it a recycled Sulu blade?

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Old 10th July 2021, 06:26 AM   #116
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Thanks for confirming! The blade is not easy to evaluate from the limited pics - do you think it also is Maranao or is it a recycled Sulu blade?

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Kai
Hello Kai,
Please let me know what other photographs does the forum need to better help identify my blade? I'll be more than happy to take them for everyone so it can be evaluated.

Thanks
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Old 10th July 2021, 06:52 PM   #117
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Please let me know what other photographs does the forum need to better help identify my blade? I'll be more than happy to take them for everyone so it can be evaluated.

Thanks
Ira
A full-length photograph with the weapon on one side (see mine) would be great
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Old 10th July 2021, 10:09 PM   #118
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Hello Ira,

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Your pic of the whole piece in post #88 is not bad - a larger pic of the blade would be great (the one in post #110 is taken at an angle): Make sure though to minimize effects of wide angle lenses, especially mobile phone lenses easily result in distorted lines. If available, try a tele lens and keeping the lens exactly vertical above the center of the blade; utilize only the middle of the pic for the part to be shown and later crop the high rez pic; try to keep as much size as well as resolution as possible! (The forum software now accepts quite large pics - more than is stated in the old rules...)

Both sides of the blade, please. And a view on the top (back of the blade) to see the distal taper would be kind. Sometimes a close-up of the base of the blade as well as closer to the tip reveals additional details.

BTW, Jose, did you try to etch this blade? Any laminations?

Barung blades are quite tough to evaluate from pics and handling them gives you much more data for any attribution. Thus, it would be great to hear Jose's thoughts on this blade, too!

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Old 10th July 2021, 11:22 PM   #119
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Thank you everyone for the guidance.

Here's some additional photos. Please let me know if you guys need more angles.

Once I get a better camera I'll use it when taking photos, for now I'm only using my iPhone.

Thanks
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Regarding restoration, I made the ivory tail from scratch and the silver nail that helps keep it in place. Also I re-attached the middle ivory plug on top and refitted the blade and pommel.

Regarding attribution, this style of barong (and especially the okir) are Maranao. There are some other examples (which I would have to look up). It is true that the Maranao are not generally known for their barongs, I think this is a later development, like in the early 20th century. Is the blade Maranao or Sulu? - will have to look into that.
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