About fifteen ago a friend had told me of an antique shop called Old World Antiques in Tallahassee, Florida owned by a Roy Peddie. He said he never bought anything from him because everything was very expensive but he did have some very exquisite items, all very expensive and he felt was overpriced. They were right about that for when I went for first time I saw that it was true. I was there a number of times and people would come in, look at the prices and walk out.
As I was walking around I noticed this Keris in a locked display case and it was love at first sight. He said he had it for 20 years and that it had come from the estate of a couple that owned Putman Jewelry in Tallahassee. That the couple in their youth had traveled during the 1920’s in Japan, Singapore, Thailand and China and love the oriental culture and art. He let me have it on the installment plan and when I finally finished paying for it and took it home I took the price tag off and there was a square dark spot on the wood attesting to the years he had it in the case.
This extraordinary intricately carved ivory handle depicts the bloom of a chrysanthemum plant. The bottom of the bloom seems to have been written in a stylized text that is difficult to read, but I might add, I could be mistaken with my assessment, could just be the way it is separated from the rest of the carving.
The photo below shows the outline of a tag that was once on the wood sampir of the sheath, attesting to the decade he had the Keris on display. The sampir houses the top of the blade. The sheath consists of three main parts: the sampir (crosspiece), batang (either wood or covered with silver or gold sheathing) and buntut (the butt piece of the sheath)
Below is the intricate carving of the ivory chrysanthemum bloom that has taken a patina of a buttery yellow color.
The image below depicts a crowned Bhima, the most powerful of the five Pandawa brothers as a serpent on the blade. The Bhima is depicted on both sides of the blade; one side a menacing grin on the other side a passive grin. The entire length of the blade on both sides depicts in gold the body of a snake with the head of Bhima god and this has been enhanced with scales of a snake.
The image below depicts Bhima as a golden snake the entire length of the blade.
Below you see the exquisite engraving on the silver sheath depicting assortment of flowers. It once was gold gilt, and traces still remain.
In the photo below you can see this ring above the gold ring.
This is a unique blade for the image below depicts a crowned Bhima, the most powerful of the 5 Pandawa brothers as a serpent depicted on both sides. The entire length of the body has been enhanced with scales with rolled gold leafing highlighting the exquisite workmanship. On the outward side of the blade he is depicted with a menacing grin, I learned that this is usually is characteristics of a Raksasa demons and belies his hot temper and penchant for action. On this blade he is grinning with a mouthful of teeth and on the other side the teeth are not highlighted to show individual teeth.. I do know if this had any significance or meaning, something like the softer side of Sears (smile)
This one is in superb condition attesting to the care its different owners have bestowed upon it over the years. I will be adding more photos in the future to give closeups of the water blade, the silver embossed sheath and the blood red ruby and the wonderful green of the emeralds.
Kris (Keris) in this exceptional quality are generally ceremonial pieces, being intricately designed and some highly decorated with gemstones and precious metals as this one shows.
Here are a number of photos