A Javanese silver court sword
Indonesia, Java – 19th century
Materials: Steel, Iron, Silver, Wood, Horn
A very fine example. Swords likes these were worn in the court by high ranked officers or dignitaries.
The horn hilt in European style with sectioned silver wire is decorated on the back and pommel like a lions head with manes and ears. The black laqcuered wooden sheath is covered with engraved silver fittings. The general outlines have many resemblences with the Dutch VOC (East India Company) cutlass. The D-shaped guard is made of solid silver and is significantly harder and stronger than regular guards.The thumb rest is decorated with rocaille motifs. The front of the guard is decorated with two sawn out heart motifs.
Traditionally forged witha semi-circle curved ‘Batu Lapak’ symbol on the forte which indicates ‘royal pamor‘ that brings wealth. The almost straight back edge is ending concave with a single cutting edge and beautiful deep forging lines. The cutting edge seems to be hardened and has a different forging structure then the upper section of the blade.
This example was made in the late 18th or early 19th century in Java and shows excellent silver work and finely Javanese style carving on the hilt and fittings depicting floral motifs and foliage.
Condition: Excellent, the handle has a nice patina and so has the blade. The silver is cleaned, but not highly polished. The black laquer on the scabbard seems to be re-done long ago.
Blade thickness: 5mm
Total length: 47cm
A rare sword of high quality and most likely made in the late 18th or first half of the 19th century due to the Dutch inspired military swords worn later as seen on photo’s dating from the 1860’s. Most likely worn by a Kraton officer or other court dignitary.
To give everybody a fair chance to be the first on new arrivals, hit the subscribe button below.