Indonesian colonial military saber
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Overall length

67.4 cm

Blade length

54.5 cm

Blade thickness

Base 9 mm

Middle 5 mm

5 cm from tip 3 mm

Blade width

Base 27 mm

Middle 26.5 mm

5 cm from tip 22.5 mm

Weight

500 grams

Point of balance

14.8 cm from hilt

Materials

Iron, steel, buffalo horn, leather, cotton thread

Origin

Indonesia, probably Java

Dating

19th century

Provenance

From a Dutch private collection

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Description

This interesting saber combines European and Indonesian design elements. The blade appears to be locally made, but inspired by European sabers with a gently curved, single-edged blade. It has a wide fuller with a narrow fuller above it on either side. At the base, inside the large fuller are floral engravings.

The hilt consists of a piece of high-quality blonde buffalo horn, cut into a hexagonal cross-section. The handguard is in the form of a so-called "stirrup hilt". Such hilts became popular in Austro-Hungarian military sabers from around 1700 onwards but are probably best known for their appearance on the British 1796 pattern light cavalry saber which was in production between 1796-1821. The execution of the guard on this hilt is quite slender and hints towards it being Javanese work.

The leather scabbard reminds strongly of that of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (K.N.I.L.) klewang, both in overall design and construction. The only local touch is the band around the scabbard mouth, with a sideways protrusion that is customary on Indonesian scabbards, but never executed in leather like this.

It was probably made for an Indonesian who was in service of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army, the scabbard possibly made by someone who normally made them for the klewang.

 

Indonesian colonial military saber
Indonesian colonial military saber
Indonesian colonial military saber
Indonesian colonial military saber
Indonesian colonial military saber
Indonesian colonial military saber
Indonesian colonial military saber
Indonesian colonial military saber
Indonesian colonial military saber
Indonesian colonial military saber
Indonesian colonial military saber
Indonesian colonial military saber

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