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Sword:carved ivory handle

Object Number: 
1948.599
Date: 
ca. 1900
Medium: 
Steel, other metal, bone, twine, other fiber
Dimensions: 
Overall: 27 x 3 x 1 1/4 in. ( 68.6 x 7.6 x 3.2 cm )
Description: 
Bolo with curved, single-edged steel blade that widens toward the tip and has incised scroll pattern on obverse and reverse; back edge of blade above tip is shaped and pierced with seven holes; metal band and three bands of braided twine at base of hilt with ornately carved, L-shaped bone grip above.
Gallery Label: 
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. James G. Harbord
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group