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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 06:21 PM
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Posted By Lee
Lightbulb Looking Forward

Thank you all for your support and kind words. These forums started over two decades ago as a self-help feature, mostly because I would get a lot of questions I could not answer. Over that time the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th April 2021, 08:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 306
Posted By Lee
This reflects your browser using a cached page...

This reflects your browser using a cached page from a recent visit rather than getting a fresh copy from the server. If you look for the 'Reload this page' icon (a circular arrow on Google chrome)...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th April 2021, 01:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 306
Posted By Lee
Exclamation April 9 - 14 Service Outage and Looking to the Future

Please accept my apology for the recent service outage.

I presently believe that an issue with connectivity between the vBulletin programs server and its supporting SQL server generated a large...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th February 2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,131
Posted By Lee
Posting Images Instructions...

Posting Images Instructions (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showpost.php?p=118983&postcount=4)
Forum: European Armoury 26th January 2021, 02:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,103
Posted By Lee
Lightbulb Here is the link...

Here is the link (http://myarmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=39111) to the parallel discussion over at MyArmoury.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd January 2021, 12:07 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,883
Posted By Lee
It is a valid observation that you make and...

It is a valid observation that you make and applies to many different areas of collecting antiques.

As you observe, a simple cleaning of a coin seriously damages its grade and thus value, while the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,695
Posted By Lee
Take a look at this old thread...

Take a look at this old thread (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=20828) as the bolster and a blade possibly recycled from previous mounts bring this type to mind.
Forum: European Armoury 14th January 2021, 01:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,152
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up Luristan?

I think Luristan is a good suggestion as to the origin, though I am not very knowledgeable about the fine details of origin, but it does not scream fake to me.

Places that buy old gold and silver...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2021, 02:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,218
Posted By Lee
Exclamation Fraud

I received this message, but it has nothing to do with either myself or the vikingsword website. It is fraudulent and likely a phishing attempt.
Forum: European Armoury 29th October 2020, 10:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,668
Posted By Lee
Please refer to page 11 of Dr. Edward Hunley's...

Please refer to page 11 of Dr. Edward Hunley's kaskara monograph (http://www.vikingsword.com/ethsword/hunley/kaskara_fullers.pdf) to see a similar engraved mark. As to whether this came with a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd October 2020, 12:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,721
Posted By Lee
Lew had one of these...

Lew had one of these (http://www.vikingsword.com/lew/w1040/w1040.html) in his collection:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th October 2020, 09:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,741
Posted By Lee
I am not finding it either. Give me some time and...

I am not finding it either. Give me some time and I will re-photograph the sword I am thinking of with the snake and lion on an older blade in Agadez style silver mounts - it may be a week or two...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th October 2020, 09:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,741
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up Nice!

A very nice takouba indeed! I believe that your assessment in dating is correct, the mounts from the last half century and a blade from the 19th century or even earlier. It is not at all uncommon to...
Forum: Swap Forum 3rd October 2020, 12:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,765
Posted By Lee
Exclamation It's not a bug... it's a feature

This is because only the member starting the thread or a moderator may reply to swap forum threads. This has been the case for at least a decade and this policy came about when dealers would...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th August 2020, 11:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,955
Posted By Lee
On the basis of form, construction and some of...

On the basis of form, construction and some of the decorative elements, I believe this is Moroccan, later 20th Century, probably made to appeal to the traveler. Considering the amount of hand work...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th August 2020, 08:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,847
Posted By Lee
At least the shiny black plastic electrical tape...

At least the shiny black plastic electrical tape has held up well, but I know what you are talking about and having found it this way I have no plans to disturb it.

The pira (without scabbard)...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th August 2020, 03:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,744
Posted By Lee
Very nice and similar in the core parts to that I...

Very nice and similar in the core parts to that I posted in your other thread. The additional wrappings on your family's example surely show evidence of a well cherished blade.

With your family...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th August 2020, 03:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,847
Posted By Lee
Shiny!

Shiny!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th August 2020, 03:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,847
Posted By Lee
It was certainly not new in the mid 1970s when I...

It was certainly not new in the mid 1970s when I acquired it and it has not added much appearance of further aging, so it surely could be older than my guess. Perhaps, if not very likely, the black...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th August 2020, 11:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,847
Posted By Lee
It will be a few days before I will be able to...

It will be a few days before I will be able to organize fresh pictures. The scabbard mouth is very plain, except for the profile and the hilt extends up to about a centimetre into a recess. The edges...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th August 2020, 06:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,847
Posted By Lee
Smile A favorite of mine!

Here is my very similar pira purchased by myself in the market in Zamboanga City in the early to mid 1970s. The scabbard has been wrapped with black plastic electrical tape - so much like what I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2020, 03:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,198
Posted By Lee
I can surely see the similarities in workmanship...

I can surely see the similarities in workmanship between Rareis' example and Sajen's with the orange cord above. I also accept the mid-20th century dating stated by several observers above. As with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th August 2020, 03:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,198
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up I think this is the 'real deal' intended for...

I think this is the 'real deal' intended for local wear and use and not a tourist special. It does not appear to be of the highest order of craftsmanship, but does appear to be respectable handmade...
Forum: European Armoury 10th August 2020, 03:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,440
Posted By Lee
Scarf weld?

Sometimes there will be a transverse difference in patination down in the lower forte like in your images reflecting different materials owing to a 'scarf' or overlapping weld where the tang is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2020, 12:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,928
Posted By Lee
It is intended as neither cynical nor humorous,...

It is intended as neither cynical nor humorous, but my candid, honest reply when asked about the ultimate disposition of my collection is "This is not my problem - I have enough problems. I will be...
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