7 Artifacts From Philippine History That You Can Get Off eBay Right Now
eBay is a wonderful place. It has a cache of just about every thing you can imagine. A haunted doll? Check. Sold out Avengers: Endgame tickets? Check. At one point, there was even a six-year old McDonald's cheeseburger listed on the site with the opening bid of $29.99.
Among all the weird and peculiar, however, are some real treasures and antiques. So, we scoured the site for some Philippine artifacts just to prove our point. From a religious ivory carving to a Visayan sword, here's your chance to own a piece of history.
1| 17th-Century Military Canon
All that's said about this military canon is that it comes from the collection of Potenciano Badillo, who was known as the "Father of Philippine Antiques." From the design, however, it looks like a Filipino-Chinese lantaka. This type of canon was used by the Moro Sultans of Mindanao in sailing vessels from the 1600s to the mid-1900s. And, you can cop it at the bargain price of $17,500 (or P890,000).
2| First Philippines Railway Official Manuscript Documents for the Manila-Dagupan Line
Dated 1888 to 1894, these signed documents are described to be in very good condition. It details the bonds paid to engineer, completion inspection, sanctioned railway opening date, and other financial details. For $3,750 (or P190,000), you can have 21 pages of the official documents with the original manuscript signatures and official stamps.
3| Ivory Carving of Virgin Mary and Salvatore Mundi
There's really no shortage of antique ivory effigies in the Philippines since there were plenty of Chinese artisans back then. But, all you have to do to own this is press a couple of buttons. So, why not? Just fork out about P610,000, and worry about shipping and taxes later.
4| Antique Filipino Tenegre Sword
The tenegre is a sword that has origins in Panay Island in the Visayas. Sure, you can still get a brand new one if you look around hard enough. But if you want something that was probably used in a fierce fight, then check this listing for an antique one from the 18th- or 19th-century out. Priced at P255,000, you can now have it on display around your pad.
5| Presidential Diplomat Cigar Box From President Ferdinand Marcos
The item in this listing may be the newest out of all the antiques but it's rare all the same. According to the description, only one of the same kind has been found and its currently on loan to a museum. The interior plaque reads “Compliments of His Excellency, Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos, Philippines.” Buy it now for $1,999 (or P101,000).
6| 1909 Manila Carnival Medal
The Manila Carnival was once the greatest event in the country. It symbolized our friendship with the U.S., and was a festival, carnival, and circus all-in-one. Seeing as the Manila Carnival was held from 1908 to 1939, this listing for 1909 medal means you're getting a piece from the early years of the exposition. It's a steal at $249.99 (or P12,000), too.
7| Philippines Spain 1867 Gold One Peso Coin
Currently, the most expensive listing for a Philippine-related artifact is this coin. Priced at over P1,000,000, it's your chance to own currency from our time with the Spaniards.