19C Borneo / Sabah Dyak / Batak Piso Padang
/ Podang Sword, For Sale
In very good overall condition, a quality 19 the Century North
Borneo / Sabah Dyak / Batak Piso Padang / Podang Sword.
The Batak are a subset of the Borneo Dayak people, renowned for
being both head hunters and pirates. This is a well above average
example with cast eagle's head hilt (tested for silver, but has
very low percentage, which is normal for these swords). This piso
podang comes with a letter of provenance dated 1970 from the original
beneficiary of this sword, given to him by a Batak chief (see below).
The 24 1/8 inch blade has some patina / light rust pitting, but
not too much, and if firm in the hilt. The eagle hilt in very good
How rare is this sword? Just try and find another chief's headman's
sword. A solid investment for just £850. Please quote item
reference R06. Further / full sized images available upon request.
Acid test for silver content: