Collection of vintage/antique rice sickles. Except for the Cambodian piece these are all listed individually on my site. Would like to sell all as a collection.
Fine pair of old scythes from Sri Lanka with incised decorations on blade surface; the one with deer horn handle has some Sinhalese script either an owner’s or maker’s mark. The steel is good condition with sharp cutting edges. Both are in excellent condition. Outer curvilinear length of the blades are 51cm/20in.
Quirky bamboo rice cutter from Southern Laos, most likely this is from one of the ethnic minorities up in the hills. 50 years old is a ballpark guess on the age, an unusual item and the only one I have seen. Nice patina- the blade is rusted but no damage and the handle has some bug holes and is fairly delicate. H: 43cm/17in and W: 31cm/12.7in.
Very rare ceremonial rice cutter from the Karen people (this particular one is from Northern Thailand). This knife would only be used on the first cutting of the season and as with most all of the rice cultivators in Asia there is a great deal of ritual and importance given to this act, regardless of the religion i.e. Buddhist, animist, Hindu etc. The bone handle, given its size, I am guessing to be from the leg of a muntjac (barking deer) and is most likely to be much older (circa 80 or 90 years) than the iron blade. The blade has some decoration incised on one side and the tip has broken off but is old as well. I am always fond of these sorts of things as they serve to remind me that rice is something more than what comes in a vacuum sealed bag from the store. Total L: 32cm/12.5in.
Old Cambodian Rice Sickle with Naga carved on the handle.