Steel, wood, iron, paper
Overall: 25 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 1 1/8 in. ( 64.1 x 11.4 x 2.9 cm )
Knife with slightly curved steel blade, iron knuckle guard, and carved wooden handle; wooden scabbard with fragment of paper with handwritten inscription affixed to one side.
A bolo is a long heavy single-edged knife of Philippine origin. According to the accession records, this example was acquired by the donor's husband, Colonel James Guthrie Harbord (1866-1947), while serving as Assistant Chief of Philippines Constabulary, U. S. Army, from 1903 to 1914. The affixed label, which is now illegible, apparently indicated that the knife had been captured August 8, 1906, from Ysedro Pompai (called "Otey"), Chief of Pulijani, Samar, Philippine Islands.
Gift of Mrs. James G. Harbord
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