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Old 11th May 2020, 04:32 AM   #1
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Greetings folks,

I got this little dagger off of eBay. It is 14 inches overall. The blade is wavy and made from a file (see pics).

Now the hilt is made of horn with silver inlays and mounts. 3 silver stars on each side and a single star on front and back. The line sections were missing but 3 nail holes in each section, so I restored these and made silver nails as well.

Originally the blade was covered in red rust, the silver mounts tarnished black, and the horn was covered in a film of dirt and something else.

I think this is might be a 1st Republic dagger and perhaps Ilokano (if not it could be Visayan, but I lean towards Ilokano).

I am wondering if this might be an in-between period, between the exposure of the Katipunan and the creation of the 1st Philippine Republic at Malolos under Aguinaldo. The triangle sun face and 3 stars is missing, but the 3 stars for the 3 island groups is present.

Any thoughts would be helpful.
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Old 11th May 2020, 04:35 AM   #2
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This is how I got the piece:
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Old 11th May 2020, 08:43 AM   #3
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Wow!! Great work in restauration. A beautiful dagger and a great adquisition!!! I love this dagger !!!
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Old 11th May 2020, 08:52 AM   #4
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Excellent job. Itís beautiful and historic as well!
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Old 11th May 2020, 09:03 PM   #5
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Only a skilled eye can see what's beneath the crud. This is a very nice blade.
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Old 14th May 2020, 05:36 AM   #6
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Thank you folks!


I did a little comparison to other Ilokano daggers and am now of the opinion that this is indeed Ilokano.
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Old 16th May 2020, 09:12 AM   #7
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I got this little dagger off of eBay. It is 14 inches overall. The blade is wavy and made from a file (see pics).


Hello Jose,

Now I know who bid me out on this one!!
And it turned out like I guessed, it's a real beauty!!
I would go with you and believe it's Ilokano origin.

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Thanks Detlef!

Yeah I saw the potential too.

I am firming up what I have learned about the differences between the Visayan styles and the Ilokano styles of wavy blades.
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I didn,t see the auction...maybe the next time!
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Old 17th May 2020, 06:45 AM   #10
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Thanks Detlef!

Yeah I saw the potential too.


This are the highlights of collecting IMVHO when you find a very neglected beauty and bring it back to former glory. Certainly a piece of history, I am glad that it is now in good hands!

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I am wondering if the silver parts above and below the middle star are parts of sun rays of Katipunan and 1st Republic flags. Compare:

http://www.watawat.net/flags_and_sy...ipunan_-_5.html

http://www.watawat.net/from_the_kat...symbol -6.html

And some pictures here from the Watawat website:
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I am wondering if the silver parts above and below the middle star are parts of sun rays of Katipunan and 1st Republic flags. Compare:

http://www.watawat.net/flags_and_sy...ipunan_-_5.html

http://www.watawat.net/from_the_kat...symbol -6.html

And some pictures here from the Watawat website:


Hello Jose,

I would say yes, it's a symbol of the 1st Republic.

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