old Javanese dagger with stiletto blade overall
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Overall length

Sheathed 51.8 cm

Dagger 49.7 cm

Blade length

36 cm

Blade thickness

Base 6 mm

Middle 4 mm

5 cm from tip 3.5 mm

Blade width

Base 17 mm

Middle 11.5 mm

5 cm from tip 8.5 mm

Weight

153 grams

Point of balance

5.6 cm from hilt

Materials

Iron, horn, wood, cotton cord

Origin

Java, Indonesia

Dating

Late 18th to early 19th century

Provenance

From a Dutch private collection

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Description

An interesting West-Javanese dagger. The blade resembles a European stiletto dagger, with a ricasso and double-edged tip. It is forge folded with a rather open grain, suggesting local manufacture.

At the base are two symbols on each side that have yet to be identified. They appear to mimic marks seen on some European blades.

Javanese stiletto style dagger blade markings

 

Both hilt and scabbard are in the style popular among the Sundanese people of West Java. The elegant hilt is made of horn with remains of lacquer. The wooden scabbard is fitted with a horn throat piece and endpiece. It may have had some form of covering, as part of the fittings are sunken. There is a later cord wrapping near the scabbard tip.

The whole has an early feel to it and probably dates from the 18th or early 19th century.

Old Javanese dagger with stiletto blade
Old Javanese dagger with stiletto blade
Old Javanese dagger with stiletto blade
Old Javanese dagger with stiletto blade
Old Javanese dagger with stiletto blade
Old Javanese dagger with stiletto blade
 Old Javanese dagger with stiletto blade
Old Javanese dagger with stiletto blade
Old Javanese dagger with stiletto blade
Old Javanese dagger with stiletto blade
Old Javanese dagger with stiletto blade
Old Javanese dagger with stiletto blade
Old Javanese dagger with stiletto blade
Old Javanese dagger with stiletto blade

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