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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th October 2017, 09:43 PM
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Posted By Bob A
Sounds like an opportunity for DNA testing.

Sounds like an opportunity for DNA testing.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2017, 04:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 609
Posted By Bob A
Possibly a disc of leather? At any rate, I agree...

Possibly a disc of leather?

At any rate, I agree that disassembly would not be indicated. Nice dagger.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2017, 04:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,036
Posted By Bob A
Well, I had thought to note that the carving of...

Well, I had thought to note that the carving of keris blades was another example of artful steelcraft, but the fullers took me kattar-ward for my guess. The strict geometry of the hilt throws me,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2017, 04:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 561
Posted By Bob A
Northwest Frontier/Afghanistan or surrounding...

Northwest Frontier/Afghanistan or surrounding area would be my best guess, based on the scabbard and general look of the piece. But it's only a guess.

Nice sword, wherever it may hail from.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2017, 11:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,036
Posted By Bob A
My first impression was also Indian. The only...

My first impression was also Indian. The only basis for my opinion is the way that this blade, in common with some quality Indian blades, is treated as though steel was an entirely plastic medium....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2017, 02:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 758
Posted By Bob A
I see it as a tool; it's not fancy enough to be a...

I see it as a tool; it's not fancy enough to be a tourist item, IMO.

It might not be pretty, but not everyone needs, or can afford, the top of the line. It may well be the sort of thing that is in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2017, 05:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 758
Posted By Bob A
Creating a surplus of a marketable object which...

Creating a surplus of a marketable object which is in general use in a given population does not render the object a "tourist" piece; it's merely a reasonable response to an income-producing...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2017, 05:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 449
Posted By Bob A
I've successfully used Eezox and a...

I've successfully used Eezox and a stainless-steel ribboned scrubbing pad to remove red rust from blades and such. Usually takes several repetitions, wiping residue between applications. Like...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th August 2017, 10:15 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 4,774
Posted By Bob A
Since we've gone off the rails just a bit, I...

Since we've gone off the rails just a bit, I should mention that bacon is food for the gods. (As an aside from the above aside, my favorite quotes on the subject of pork are from the Joy of Cooking,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th August 2017, 06:20 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 4,774
Posted By Bob A
I was stimulated by this thread to wonder why...

I was stimulated by this thread to wonder why "Laz Bichaq", which seems to be a sword, or at least a bladed weapon of sword length, would be named "bichaq', which itself means, as best as I can...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th August 2017, 05:15 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 4,774
Posted By Bob A
The difficulty in actually ascertaining the...

The difficulty in actually ascertaining the vocabulary, context and usage of "villagers" renders most discussion more or less moot, in the absence of records or actual persons who embody the reality...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th August 2017, 05:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 460
Posted By Bob A
I get vague hints of Ottoman and Persian tile...

I get vague hints of Ottoman and Persian tile designs, for what that may be worth.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th August 2017, 04:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,236
Posted By Bob A
Here's a link to the possible problems resulting...

Here's a link to the possible problems resulting from use of wax, and the difficulty of removing same, in a museum environment.

Spoiler alert: I was taken aback by the curator's having to resort to...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 24th August 2017, 04:55 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,427
Posted By Bob A
Lack of posting does not necessarily mean lack of...

Lack of posting does not necessarily mean lack of interest.

An assemblage of such items is useful in several ways. It serves as a reference source, delineates variation within types as well as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd August 2017, 07:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 948
Posted By Bob A
I agree also. Serious mechanical drawback in the...

I agree also. Serious mechanical drawback in the design.

I've never seen anything remotely resembling this sort of construct, which is not to say it doesn't exist, obviously, but as to utility, meh.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th August 2017, 07:27 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 4,774
Posted By Bob A
OK, I'm good with that.

OK, I'm good with that.
Forum: European Armoury 20th August 2017, 06:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 594
Posted By Bob A
If it does have some age, it would appear to have...

If it does have some age, it would appear to have experienced little if any actual use or handling. Still, not an unattractive weapon, though possibly somewhat uncomfortable to use; the deep spiral...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th August 2017, 06:39 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 4,774
Posted By Bob A
A remarkable linguistic study, and a clarion call...

A remarkable linguistic study, and a clarion call for controversy, elegantly wrapped in the scholastic tradition, deserves the praise that has been laid at its figurative feet.

The "name game"...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th August 2017, 06:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 891
Posted By Bob A
I've seen similar inscriptions on Sudanese...

I've seen similar inscriptions on Sudanese daggers from late 19th-early 20th centuries. The posted kindjal is rather more ornate, and the inscriptions are more neatly incised, than those I mention....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th August 2017, 11:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,369
Posted By Bob A
I'm inclined to believe your pointy-thing...

I'm inclined to believe your pointy-thing conglomeration.

The ring attachment method on the koumaya would seem to indicate a mid-20th century date, from what I've seen, but again, I'm no expert.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th August 2017, 01:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,369
Posted By Bob A
It occurs to me that the leather backing of the...

It occurs to me that the leather backing of the scabbard is rather reminiscent of the jambiyyas from Yemen and Oman, which may be another pointer toward origin.

I speak from the very depths of lack...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th August 2017, 01:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 923
Posted By Bob A
I have a sword closely resembling your D photo....

I have a sword closely resembling your D photo. (FWIW, your E is not appearing in the photo array).

Mine differs from the pictured example by having a very short hilt, with no sign of ever having...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th August 2017, 06:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,369
Posted By Bob A
Yemen was my first guess. I've seen silver work...

Yemen was my first guess. I've seen silver work from Afghanistan and regions north of there that seemed similar, to my eye. Generally the stone most often seen from those northern regions is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th August 2017, 03:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 627
Posted By Bob A
Pernambuco is a Brazilian wood used for making...

Pernambuco is a Brazilian wood used for making violin bows, as well as a source of dye. Looking at your item made me consider the possibility that it is made of this wood.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 26th July 2017, 07:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 687
Posted By Bob A
If you enjoy historical fiction, George MacDonald...

If you enjoy historical fiction, George MacDonald Fraser fills the bill. His Flashman series of novels includes one, Flashman's Lady, which features our antihero, who chases pirates in 1841 in the...
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