This elegant sewar dagger has a slightly curved, long, thin damascened blade; a long, thin wooded hilt decorated with four plain silver bands, and a silver tip or chape finely engraved on both sides with typically Malay scrolling foliage and fruits; a plain ivory hand-guard; and a slightly bifurcate ivory hilt; and silver hilt ring. Sewars were intended as stabbing weapons.
This example is in fine condition. It has a superb patina, particularly the ivory hilt and hand-guard which have a rich, honeyed colour. The hilt does have old, stable, age-related cracking typical of old ivory.
Gardner, G.B., Keris and other Malay Weapons, Orchid Press, 2009 (reprint of 1936 original).