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Philippine Ifugao Early Bolo with Woven Rattan Covered Grip

Philippine Ifugao Early Bolo with Woven Rattan Covered Grip Philippine Ifugao Early Bolo with Woven Rattan Covered Grip Philippine Ifugao Early Bolo with Woven Rattan Covered Grip Philippine Ifugao Early Bolo with Woven Rattan Covered Grip Philippine Ifugao Early Bolo with Woven Rattan Covered Grip Philippine Ifugao Early Bolo with Woven Rattan Covered Grip Philippine Ifugao Early Bolo with Woven Rattan Covered Grip Philippine Ifugao Early Bolo with Woven Rattan Covered Grip Philippine Ifugao Early Bolo with Woven Rattan Covered Grip

This early Ifugao Bolo has a woven rattan covered grip and most of it's original scabbard. The bolo has an overall length of about 17 3/4" and a very sharp edge. The back edge of the blade above the rattan covered grip is 1/4" thick. The scabbard is missing the small wooden bridge type piece that would be held in place by the woven rattan strap that is still present. There is also a partial leather belt attached via woven rattan and old twine. The rear of the scabbard has a wide-fluted type design run down it similar to some Ifugao containers and mortars. A fantastic early example jungle knife.

This bolo was purchased several years ago in Southern California as part of a small group of pieces that were collected during the Spanish American War period including swords, a shield, and a headaxe. There is an old circular paper tag that says 25 on one side of it secured by a string cord to the scabbard.

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