Original Late 18th Century Malay Kris with Named Historical Inscription

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is the classic style Malay Kris with very attractive flame style wave blade.

Features a heavily wood carved hilt indicating that is originated from the Island of Madura just off the northeastern coast of Java.

What makes it so interesting is that a large very attractive nautilus shell with a glorious Mother-of-Pearl finish has been fitted to the carved pommel of the wood hilt giving it an almost majestic dramatic effect. The blade is well figured with much grain and is of late 18th or very early 19th century production.

However, the most interesting feature of all is that there is a small silver plaque screwed to the wood scabbard that itself has lost the large upper portion so only the barrel of the scabbard remains.

The plaque reads:

Taken at the Battle of Batung Maru. 1848. by Captain H. Keppel

Henry Keppel (1809-1904) son of the 4th Earl of Albemarle entered the Royal Navy and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1829. He was made Captain in 1837 and was posted to the China Station in 1841 and then again in 1847. On this second tour, as Captain of H.M.S. MAEANDER, he saw considerable action against pirates in the Malay Archipelago.

Clearly this interesting Kris was taken as a souvenir of just such an engagement. Keppel went on to serve in the Crimean War and gradually worked his way up the hierarchy of the Royal Navy. He retired in 1879 but was finally promoted Admiral of the Fleet in 1881. He lived to the ripe old age of 95 eventually dying in 1904.

Please note we have done very little research whatsoever on the Battle of Batung Maru which is named on the scabbard. An interesting Kris with a bit of history attached to it, ideal for Pirate fans everywhere.

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