C. 1900 Philippine Bontoc Bolo knife w/ original scabbard
Philippine Bontoc Bolo knife w/ original scabbard
Origin: N. Luzon, Bontoc People (Provenance: Field collected by Bill Galvin)
Period/Date: Circa 1900 (wooden head pommel later)
Materials: steel, wood, rattan, leather, trade beads
Description: This old knife has its original fully closed scabbard and is presented on a custom metal stand. The backside of the scabbard reveals its age, showing its original leather belt loop which is truly ancient. The scabbard has four broad fluted vertical channels with three bands of woven rattan holding it together. Its use patina is amazing, turning from a warm reddish brown to black. Its blade is in good condition with some minor pitting. There is a curious and whimsical wooden pommel head with inset bead eyes inserted into its hilt. This was a later addition that was added by another owner for personal embellishment. This knife was worn on the side of the waist in conjunction with a prestigious "Ginnutu" shell sash belt.
Dimensions: Overall Length 19.5” (49.5 cm), width 2.75” (7 cm), Blade length: 12 1/8" (30.5 cm)