19C Borneo Dayak Pirate's Garuda Hilted Piso
Padang Sword, For Sale
In very good condition, a scarce 19th Century Sarawak Borneo Dayak
Pirate's Garuda Hilted Piso Padang / Podang Sword.
Dayak "Pirates" were less pirates (unlike the Moro
pirates from the Philippines that plagued Sarawak, North West Borneo),
more rebellious locals demonized as pirates by the Rajah of Sarawak.
But this is the type of sword their commanders wore. The Garuda
hilted Piso Padang is distinct from the round pommel Sumatran piso
padang which style was also used by the Dayak tribes of Southern
Borneo. The garuda hilted dayak sword is therefore much scarcer
and evocative than the more common Sumatran version.
The 28 3/4 inch blade has a machete style point (maybe repointed
due to damage in the pst), is in good condition and form in the
hilt. The garuda hilt in very good order, some age / wear as to
be expected. The wooden scabbard / sheath is in good condition and
may be a later replacement, though clearly an authentic one. The
sword sheathes and draws well.
These are very rare swords; just do a Google search for Sarawak
Dyak Pirate's (or Garuda hilted) piso padang / sword. VGC! A bargain
at only £750. Please quote item reference AD35. Further /
full sized images available upon request. Box 0481-1m (1.643).