A very nice Moro Barong / Barung with unusual blade markings.
Sheathed, this Moro sword is 60cms long. Out of the sheath it is 58cms long with a 44cm blade.
The The hilt is made from a fine burl timber and has loss to the crown, likely a demure type was once present.
There is a long silver collar that is rattan bound at either end. The rattan binging is holding in place a twisted brass wire that now helps secure the blade to the hilt, likely to be a field repair due to battle damage causing the blade to come loose within its original resin solution.
Before re-assembly a coin has been sectioned out in the middle and now acts as a spacer between the blade and collar.
The blade is a thick hollow forged type with good distal taper, a keen edge and a full point. It has in the forte of each side a cresent or half moon marking, perhaps an indicator of a specific cutler or perhaps a mystical symbol. there is very light staining to the blade and a very small amount of localised fine pitting at the very tip.
The scabbard is present which is often lost. It is thick timber slabs hollowed and held together with thicd red coloured split bamboo and pinned at the tip. It has minor loss to the throat as seen in profile.
A very good fighting sword, complete with minor age issues as is expected.