Brass mounted Thai daap
Overall length

86 cm

Blade length

60 cm

Blade thickness

Base 11 mm

Middle 5 mm

5 cm from tip 3 mm

Blade width

Base 29 mm

Middle 25 mm

Widest at tip 27 mm

5 cm from tip 22 mm

Weight

717 grams

Point of balance

7 cm from hilt

Materials

Iron, steel, brass, bamboo, wood, rattan, leather

Origin

Thailand

Dating

19th century

Provenance

European antique market

Price €750, -

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Description

A charming and somewhat unusual example of a Thai dáap (ดาบ). It has a good sturdy blade with a gentle curve, narrower than that of the typical da of neighboring Burma.

The blade cross-section starts with a ridged spine, that gradually becomes round further up the blade. Blade surface is spotty from corrosion, and there is some edge damage. See photos.

Its hilt consists of a bamboo grip section with some remains of its original rattan braid wrap. Guard and pommel both sit on long ferrules that support the grip. The pommel is in the shape of a stylized lotus bud. The upper ferrule abruptly widens at the top to form a pleasantly shaped, sturdy guard.

Both pommel and guard are decorated with lines and dots. The work is simple, but at the same time quite elegant and fine.

The sword comes in a plain wooden scabbard with a perhaps later, braided leather strap.

 

 

 

Thai brass mounted daap
Thai brass mounted daap
Thai brass mounted daap
Thai brass mounted daap
Thai brass mounted daap
Thai brass mounted daap
Thai brass mounted daap
Thai brass mounted daap
Thai brass mounted daap
Thai brass mounted daap
Thai brass mounted daap
Thai brass mounted daap
Thai brass mounted daap
Thai brass mounted daap
Thai brass mounted daap

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