Golok Tjikeroeh Hybrid

IN49 Tjikeroeh - Dutch Colonial

Code IN49

This is an interesting example of golok sword made in the village of Tjikeroeh, Java, during Dutch Colonial times (1888 − 1920).   Tjikeroeh (Cikeruh) is one of a cluster of hamlets, including Tjicatjing, Tjipatjing (Cipacing), Tjisoerat, and Tjibatoe (Cnibatu) who are well known for producing fine weapons in that era. The distinctive broad fuller with okir-style engraved designs is characteristic of the style of this group of weapons.  It's European owner likely thought of this sword as a "hanger", also known as a "backsword".  

The shape of blade is typical of Java. The guard however is probably based on Dutch hunting sword models.  Nevertheless, it is not a copy of a European sword.  This one, like the others of the period, are artistic interpretations that are impressed with unique Javanese design attributes. 

The hilt, of bone, features brass ornamentation at foot and toe with a threaded nut securing the full tang blade.  The guard, also of brass, features a single rounded acorn finial and a brass clamshell, typical of European swords in this period. The style of this hilt is borrowed from Hirschfanger.

The total length is 41cm, the blade alone is 29cm long.   The scabbard is of leather over wood and relatively unusual. Scabbards are rarely found with these blades.

See also:  Blades of the Sumedang Regency 1888 - 1820