Probably Burmese, though the form was used in Cambodia and Thailand as well. Wood grip of slightly waisted form with the crested pommel. Two-piece wood scabbard with its five iron securing bands intact. 5 3/4" s.e. blade of fine form. Wedge section with acutely angled point and broad back fuller. 19th-century colonial, showing English influence. Britain colonized Burma following its defeat in 1824. As in India, colonization brought many benefits including the railroad. Things English were considered superior and emulated by native craftsmen. The broad fuller and shapely angled point are features not found on traditional Burmese weapons but incorporated here, acknowledging their superiority.

Item ID: FNS2823

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