I just acquired an old Philippines spear, probably from the Igarot area. I noticed it has a brass band that has “Remington” stamped. The band is about 70mm or the size of a current 12ga shotgun. and maybe 85mm long.
It was a common practice for natives to adorn their weapons with devices made by powerful enemies. It is possible that when he saw the impressive firepower of metallic cartridge weapons, he picked up the brass and made a band for his spear. Hopeing it would make his spear more powerful.
The metal is quite thin, similar to the brass on a modern shotgun shell. There seem to be no other markings outside or inside. While I have seen headstamps on cartridges, I have not seen stamping on the outside. Possibly this is a cartridge or something else.
Close inspection does not show a seam. It appears to have been made as some kind of tube or band.
Would sure appreciate your opinions.
Thanks in advance,