art-of-swords

art-of-swords:

Moro Fighting Kris

  • Dated: 19th century 
  • Place of Origin: Southern Philippines
  • Measurements: overall length 28” (71.1 cm); blade length 24” (60.9 cm)

Apparently this Moro fighting kris has a rare handle style. The wood handle has an octagon shaped pommel that has silver bands, brass tacks and is inlayed with mother of pearl. The original rattan binding is intact, and the stirrup is made of silver. The blade is long and heavy with a good active pattern showing.    

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art-of-swords

art-of-swords:

European Halberd 

  • Dated: circa 1550
  • Culture: German
  • Measurements: overall length 221 cm; head 49 cm

The head is formed with a central spike of stiff-diamond section, while the axe-blade has an oblique near-straight cutting-edge, one side boldly struck with maker’s mark. There’s a star filled with a pellet, and with two decorative arrangements each of three groups of three circular stamps linked by pairs of incised curved lines.

The small flat rear fluke is pierced with a group of three circles. The open socket is extending to form a pair of wavy straps retained by seven nails. For a related example bearing the mark of the same maker see WALDMAN, John, “Hafted Weapons in Medieval and Renaissance Europe”, Boston 2005, p.73, fig. 69a.

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