Fine example of a type of which very few specimens have survived. 68 1/2" inch total length. Dark wood haft with elongated bulbous base. Two fine rattan knot bands above. Forged iron head with large offset section point over finely forged conical barbs. The tapered socket with flared base to allow separation from the haft. Very intricately woven flattened tubular band with a woven conical eye securing the head base and woven cylindrical eye on the haft secured by iron rings above and below. The cord slightly worn and raveled below the iron head, negligible to the period. Fine deep rich patina throughout. See The Collection of Primitive Weapons and Armor of the Philippine islands in the United States National Museum (Smithsonian), pl.5 #1, for a similar example of lesser quality.
Ex. General Harry Bandholtz collection.