A good example of a Burmese Dah/Dha sword, likely a presentation piece from either the end of WW2, or Burmese Independence, circa 1948.
This particular example is completely untouched, and was purchased recently along with several other items from the estate of a British officer.
The hilt and scabbard are constructed of brass on a woodn core. This has been decorated with detailed repousse work. These look to have been overlaid with silver, although the whole of the exterior is now quite neglected and dirty. There is a decorative cord strung from the scabbard, which has seperated from its fixing nearest the hilt, although all the parts are still present and could be repaired. There is some movement between blade and hilt.
It is my understanding that these presentation pieces are known as "story dha" and it is easy to see why when looking at the blade, which is profusely decorated on both sides with silvered pictures and Burmese script. The blade is still sharp, and measures 21 inches in length.
33 inches total length.
All in all a very attractive piece, which should clean well, and will be an interesting project to translate the blade.
Strictly over 18's only. Photo ID will be required before this item can be dispatched.
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