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    Posted 7 years ago

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    I purchased this at a yard sale from a man who had traveled the world. He said it was an aborigine piece, but i am clueless as to age, authenticity and all of the material used. Entire sword measures 32 inches long. The larger of the two swords that are secure in holders is 29 inches with an antler from some type of animal. The metal part of sword has 4 distinct holes - does this indicate how many times it was used? The smaller sword is 10 inches long with a 5.25 blade. This is a very crude knife and the wood handle has design painted in gold.
    There are 28 teeth hanging from sword along with red beads and black/white fur (possible skunk) and wrapped twine. Gold painted designs cover the wood sheath.
    Is is aborigine? Human/animal teeth? Any info would be appreciated.

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 7 years ago
      I am no expert on indigenous tools but if by aborigine you mean Australian natives, I doubt that this is from here. They did not use metal swords, even after European conquest. I would look further north than Australia.
    2. bbrunelle bbrunelle, 7 years ago
      Thanks racer4four.....duly noted!
    3. flashlarue flashlarue, 7 years ago
      Deer antler handle would make it more like Central or South American in my opinion.
    4. ormen, 7 years ago
      "Mandau Dayak"- ceremonial headhunters sword from probably Borneo.

    5. armanispice, 6 years ago
      Wow...what a find indeed. ..I live in the UK and my father had something extremely similar, he bought it in the early 70's and kep it on show in his store, we sent the teeth and a picture of it to the local zoology uni and they sent us a wonderful report back...This is actually a Zulu warrior sword..With antler teeth and horn including in the scabbard..Unfortunately a collector wanted it father and we parted company. ...I am looking to purchase a similar one for memories sake as my father passed on a few years ago.
    6. Hannahtrippajt, 6 years ago
      I tried sending you photos to that email address you listed but it did not deliver is there any other way to contact you?
    7. armanispice, 6 years ago
      Pls resend: james_boyce76 at yahoo dot c o m
    8. klimhuis klimhuis, 5 years ago
      Armanispice. I have one complet set for you.
    9. armanispice, 5 years ago
      Hi Camille kindly send pics to james_boyce76 at y a h oo dot C o m

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