While not the oddest collection ever found at an estate sale, this collection of 8 swords from the Philippine Islands certainly was unusual and got my undivided attention.
Even though the sword is no longer the weapon of choice and really provides very little practical value, there is something undeniably intriguing about them. I know every time I see a sword it still brings out the child in me and gives me a burning desire to swing it around like an 8 year boy.
Chances are I’m not the only one.
Swords With Character
However, these swords are not of the typical sword design that comes to mind when we think of the swords of King Arthur and his knights of the round table, basically straight edge swords. These Filipino swords have a bit more character.
Don’t take my word for it, check out the pictures below and see for yourself.
1. Antique Moro Kris Sword from the Philippine Islands
This Antique Moro Kris Sword measures at 26 inches. The double sided blade of this sword is much more unique than the other swords with a curvy, almost wavy design.
Its a wooden handle that has a slight angle to it other than that it is pretty plain.
2. Antique Filipino Bagobo Sword
This Antique Filipino Bagobo Sword measures at 27 inches. The blade reminded me of a decorated machete blade, with one difference. It has a definitive tooth-like point on the back side of the blade near the tip of the sword.
The handle, like the one on the dagger is curved to a 90 degree angle, but it has some more intricate design work and well a number of small chain-like decorations.
3. Antique Tribal Sword from the Philippine Islands
This Antique Tribal Sword from the Philippines measures at 28 inches. The blade is not decorated and handle shares a similar design to the Bagobo Sword, with its intricate design work. The angle however is closer to 45 degrees and doesn’t have the same decorative chains.
4. Antique Bagobo Sword From the Philippines
This Bagobo Sword measures at 26 inches. The blade is undecorated, but near the tip on the backside of the blade is what resembles the saw on the backside of a modern day survival knife.
The handle curves to a 45 angle and has the same design work and decorative chains as the first Bagobo Sword.
5. Antique Moro Datu Kris Sword
The Moro Datu Kris Sword measures at 25 inches. The blade is undecorated and out of the 8 swords it is the one that most resembles the medieval style sword we are used to seeing.
The handle is only slightly curved and doesn’t have any of the design work that is on the previous swords.
6. Antique Short Dagger from the Philippine Islands
This antique Filipino short sword or dagger measures just under 24 inches. The blade is slightly curved. The wooden handle is also curved, but to a stronger 90 degree angle. Kind of reminded me of an umbrella handle, but warning it is slightly sharper than your typical umbrella.
7. Bone Handled Moro Kris Sword
This Bone Handled Moro Kris Sword measures at 26 inches as well. The blade shares the same “wavy” design as the last sword.
The bone handle of this Moro Kris Sword is slightly curved with a decorative end piece.
8. Filipino Moro Kris Sword
This Moro Kris Sword is the largest of swords with the unique wavy double sided blade measuring at 28 inches. The blade’s “waves” are less pronounced than the previous 2 swords, but the unique design is still easy to pick out.
The bone handle is similar to the previous Moro Kris Sword being slightly curved with a decorative end piece.
More Pictures of Cool Stuff Found at Estate Sales
As you can see, there is pretty cool stuff to be found at estate sales, all you need to do is know where to look.
We regularly post pictures of unusual antiques, rare items and novelty doo dads that we come across on our client’s online estate auctions, check back with us later to see pictures of our latest interesting finds.
This collection was recently sold on our client’s site http://norcalonlineauctions.com.
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