Sword from Northern Thailand
Known as 'dha', this is a good example of the utilitarian swords used in northern Thailand. This one has a bamboo handle with plaited vine bands, some of which are more recent additions; the old ones are finer and smoothed down with use. The end of the handle has an old Siamese (pre-Thailand/pre-1938) One Satang coin held in place with a screw. The scabbard is more recent and comprises two pieces of wood held together with braided rattan bands. A red cotton cord allows for carrying. The blade has a rounded tip and is sharp. Overall the condition is very good as this was used until quite recently.
Size: OA: 28″; Handle: 8.5″; Blade: 16.5″