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Scimitar. Curved Blade Sword. Knife. Sheath. Belt. Ethiopia

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    For you Ornithologists out there, I am not talking about the black scimitar-bill from Ethiopia, I am referring to the Middle Eastern scimitar . . . a sword or knife.   Scimitar is a generic name for a Arabic sword with a curved blade. Its shape is… Continue reading

Antique Shotel Sword with Wood Grip and Leather Scabbard. Ethiopia. Africa.

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    A shotel is a curved double-edged sword originating in Ethiopia or Abyssinia. The Ethiopian swordsmen who were trained in using this weapon were known as shotelai. The curve on the shotel’s blade varies from the Persian shamshir.   Battle use of the Shotel involves “hooking” attacks both against… Continue reading

Brass / Bronze & Copper Shou Xing Walking Stick / Cane / Sword, China

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Detail: The Shou Xing handle represents the God of Long Life and Longevity. This god is the third god of the Gods of Good Fortune. This is a heavy and study cane. The copper sheath or shaft – that houses a steel blade –… Continue reading

Batak Piso Halasan Sword / Knife, Sumatra

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Detail: Hilt and scabbard are carved from bone or from some resin composite material (although I have never seen a resin composite come out of Sumatra that is this old). ASO (human-like) traditional figures are carved at both ends and insects, geckos and plant life are carved on… Continue reading

Dayak Mandau Ilang Small Knives, Borneo

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Detail: This is a pair of knives. The Parang Ilang (or Mandau) means double knife because it has a main sword and a small knife fitted in the back of the sheath. These two knives are the “small knives” and they come from the Dayak tribe of Borneo. The scabbards… Continue reading

Antique Tumbuk Lada Keris Sword, Malay Sumatra

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Detail: An aristocrat’s Tumbuk Lada carved from – what I am convinced is – elephant bone. The Tumbuk Lada – translates as “chili crusher” – is a common type of dagger on the Malay Peninsula in Sumatra. Slightly curved with a single sharp edge, the blade is iron. This is… Continue reading

Weapons of Moroland, Sword Display, Philippines

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Detail: A display of swords and knives (20 in all), spears, shields and bow/arrow weapons from the Philippines. Each miniature is handcrafted in wood and metal. A great reference. I’m sorry, this item has been sold.

Asian Bone Sword / Dagger, China

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Detail: Acquired from a Los Angeles Asian antique dealer. Superb carvings and detailed scrimshaw. Subtle coloring. Decorative wooden stand is included. Age unknown. Pristine condition. I’m sorry this bone sword has been sold. Thanks D.T.!

Old Lombok Island Kris / Keris / Pedang Sword, Indonesia

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Detail: This is a stunning kris from Lombok, an island in West Nasa Tenggara province Indonesia. Lombok is east of Bali. I believe the hilt is made of Ireng wood and the sheath / warangka is Pelet wood. Notice that the hilt carving is hollow. The blade and hilt are… Continue reading

Old Masai Knife and Sheath, Kenya Africa

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Detail: From a Masai tribe in Kenya. Our trader from South Africa claims this knife is from the early- to mid-1900’s. Blade and sheath are weathered and 100% authentic. Appraised in Cape Town in 2000 at $250.00USD. Ceramic stand sold separately. For the Serious Collector.
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