Philippine Katipunan Bolo -head of a Spaniard

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Philippine Katipunan Bolo -head of a Spaniard

1,200.00

The long single edge blade is 22” long , 1-3/4 wideand slightly less than 3/38” thick at the base. Cross guard is typical “s” shape made of iron showing dark patina due to age.

Interesting handle is very unique showing a grimacing face of a Spaniard. Front part of the handle is a copper piece and black water buffalo horn.  At the back end of the handle is a carved head of a Spaniard made from cow bone showing ears, glass blue eyes (most likely taken from a German doll), pointed nose and open mouth showing teeth. A copper chain is around the neck and criss-cross in front depicting “garrote” or strangulation. Black hair section is made from water buffalo horn with a metal cap on top to hold it in place.  The handle design represents anting-anting or talisman.

Solid piece overall and relatively clean for its’ age. Made in Luzon during the revolution against Spanish rule and used by the Katipunanor KKK , Kataastaasan, Kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan or Supreme and Venerable Society of the Nation started in 1892 and disbanded by the new occupying power the US starting  1899. Rare item and important part of Filipiniana.

 

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