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A collection of Antique circa early 20th Century Panabas

There are 5 of these with slightly different blades

This is a professional appraisal report provided upon request. It contains a detailed description and valuation of your antique. This document also includes information about how to sell your item, and about the Valuation method we’ve used.

This report is designed to give you an appraisal value for the antique you own, whether it is a furniture, china, glassware, or other types of antique or collectible items. The information provided will help you to understand your piece and its value. It also provides an appraisal value in US dollars, as well as how to sell it. This report is not intended to encourage you to sell your antique, rather it aims to provide information on your antique’s value so that you know what steps to take if you do wish to sell.

Description and history

This is a collection of antique circa early 20th Century Original Panabas blades.

The panabas, otherwise called nawi, is an enormous, forward-bended blade or fight hatchet utilized by specific ethnic gatherings in the southern Philippines. It can go in size from 2 to 4 feet and can be held with one or two hands, conveying a profound, meat blade like cut.

In its prime, it was utilized as a battle weapon, as an execution apparatus, and as a showcase of force. Periodic use as a farming and butchering apparatus has likewise been noted.

The capacity of the panabas is that of a huge knife, and this shapes the homegrown utilization of the panabas however much it shapes the military use. The prominent utilization of the panabas as an execution apparatus sprang from its underlying homegrown use for dividing meat and fish, effectively slashing through the huge fish that are trapped in the oceans of the Southern Philippines. Notwithstanding, its super homegrown use is that of clearing abnormally thick vegetation.

In this case, as the blade is quite short, I think they were used to cut meat and fish. I don’t think they were designed to be used as weapons, but as a tool. Let’s see the blades mark:

The mark appears unidentified in the books, most likely it was a tribal mark. Nevertheless we can see the rough surface of the blade, and it is irregular, so we can conclude the blades are original. I can estimate the age of the blade as circa early 20th Century. I don’t think this is a Ginuntings sword (they are the official swords of the Philippine Marines) as they are way too short. That’s why I think it was mainly conceived as a tool, so the correct category is jungle knife.

The value of these tools can vary a lot, from 50$ to 5,000$. Depending upon age, condition, history, rareness…

In my professional opinion, this antique is a true treasure. It combines modern-age technology with a classic aesthetic, and I’d be very surprised if it didn’t fetch a pretty price on the open market. Whatever your asking price is, I’m sure that there will be someone out there for whom this antique is the perfect purchase. Its value will only increase over time, so the buyer would be investing in more than just a beautiful addition to their home; they’d be adding to their investment portfolio as well.

Appraisal Value ($)

150-200$ for each.

Appraisal Report made by:

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How to sell it

Antiques, art, and other collectibles are difficult items to sell online. This can take a lot of time. Be patient, but also make sure that the price you are asking for is the right one for your pieces of art. Consider the following tips on how to sell antiques and collectibles online. These tips will help maximize the price of your antique or collectible.

I would recommend selling it online, there are many ways to do this, for instance: Post an ad on Craigslist. Use eBay to sell antiques online. Post a listing on the Etsy marketplace. Sell with direct messages using Instagram. Create a website using Squarespace or WordPress. Use Shopify to sell via a website, POS and social channels. List your items on, Facebook Marketplaces or Amazon Marketplace. The higher number of ads the better, if you don’t have time, I would recommend to start with Facebook, Etsy and Amazon.

The key to selling antiques on-line is to let potential customers know that you know what you are talking about. It’s much more difficult to sell something when the potential buyer can’t be sure it is authentic. Sellers should use a well thought out descriptive guides, like this report. A good lead generation service should be helpful in establishing these relationships with online buyers, and an effective way to do this is through a classified ads. If a buyer asks for more information, giving them some valuable facts well ahead of time will get you more sales because your reputation increases and real customers are the ones who ask for more details.

In order to sell your Antiques online, you will need to create a profile on the relevant forum (Etsy, Amazon and FB). Make sure you add a high-resolution image of the product (include at least 3 detailed photos) and add some text. The text should be informative and straight to the point, nothing fancy or fluffy.

Asking price is a big factor to sell your antique. If your asking price is too high (fancy company stickers, missing parts, or chip paint) you are unlikely to get many bids. If the asking price is too low it will cost you money for repairs, shipping, and insurance. As a general rule, I would recommend setting an asking price that is 80% of the value of this report, so you will make the listing attractive from the beginning.

About the valuation method

This is a detailed report of the value of your piece. To determine the value the appraiser has considered the results from past auction sales. Keep in mind that the final price can be different from asking prices that you can find on the internet. You can see ads on the internet with different asking prices. However, a very high asking price doesn’t normally find cash from a buyer

That’s why our method comprises searching and comparing similar past sale results that had a buyer. That’s why we can provide an accurate estimation of this item.

To get an accurate valuation of your antique piece I considered: description, condition, and possible precious metal content. History, age, provenance, and the importance it has played in history are also considered. A crucial interest is a collector’s willingness to buy this piece. While some antiques are really collectible, others are really difficult to sell, and hence their value decreases.

Antiques can be a good investment. A piece’s year of manufacture, condition, rarity, and history can all influence an antique’s value.Antiques, when bought wisely and carefully, can provide many good years and even decades of enjoyment before their value appreciates significantly. Antique furniture, paintings, prints and maps are not only useful works of art but also a tangible asset. Their value in the market increases every year making them great long-term investments for people who want to diversify their assets.

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