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Old 30th September 2020, 03:38 AM   #3
Ian
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Hi Xas,

Just to expand a little bit on a couple of points.

The effects of repeated handling of the hilt during use of the tok can be seen in the attached picture. Note the rather blurred appearance of the cast designs and a loss of crispness to the detail. Also the grip feels slimmer in the hand than later examples.

In addition, this one has strings of beads that were probably added shortly before I acquired it in the late 1990s.

I believe this one is likely from before WWII, but I don't have a firm provenance.

Cheers,

Ian
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