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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 04:08 AM
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Posted By ariel
Alan, I guess you mean there was a cavity in...

Alan,
I guess you mean there was a cavity in your handle?
Of course , mine has it too. One needs to stick a tang somewhere:-)
What I mean, the entire metal is 98% silver.
Pity you do not have yours...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 12:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 81
Posted By ariel
Tulwar: solid silver handle.

New arrival: tulwar with absolutely crappy short (-ened?) blade made out of soft and rusty iron. The edge has more rolls than Africa has tse-tse flies. Out of curiosity I polished and etched a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st May 2018, 09:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 213
Posted By ariel
Jens, I do not think it is going to help much:...

Jens,
I do not think it is going to help much: blades were forged en masse and sold all over the Ottoman Empire and adjacent countries. Elgood mentions it re. Northern Balkans and Daskalov gives a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th May 2018, 03:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 347
Posted By ariel
Battara, Plenty of Arabs and old Arab...

Battara,
Plenty of Arabs and old Arab connections with NW India: Kutch, Hyderabad , Baluchstan. They came mainly from Yemen (Hadhramis) and what is now Saudi Arabia / Oman ( Hejazis), both being...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 17th May 2018, 02:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 437
Posted By ariel
I am intrigued by the technique of de-rusting (...

I am intrigued by the technique of de-rusting ( de - crusting:-) )the blade with vinegar.
Is it going to work on non-Indonesian blades? Say, Katars?

Can you be more specific about the strength of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th May 2018, 10:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 259
Posted By ariel
Without seeing the yataghan, I think I can answer...

Without seeing the yataghan, I think I can answer your query re. Hassan Agha.

I went on White Pages and found that only in the US there are 61 living Donald Trumps, 601 Ronald Reagans, 2059...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th May 2018, 09:15 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,761
Posted By ariel
You are right : we diverged ( but isn’t it a ...

You are right : we diverged ( but isn’t it a nice aspect of a free discussion?).
To summarize the certainties: the hilt on mine is Moroccan and a structurally similar blade on the “auction” one is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th May 2018, 12:21 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,761
Posted By ariel
Yes, now I am certain that Teodor is right: it is...

Yes, now I am certain that Teodor is right: it is walrus ivory as attested by Bonhams and Hermann Historica appraisers who had an opportunity to actually hold it. Both Teodor and myself, not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2018, 11:16 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,761
Posted By ariel
Whereas Hermann Historica sold it as...

Whereas Hermann Historica sold it as Moroccan...

Who are we to believe?


https://www.hermann-historica.de/en/african_art_-_arms/nimcha/l/31000
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2018, 11:10 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,761
Posted By ariel
Well, the French one was once sold at Bonhams. ...

Well, the French one was once sold at Bonhams.
They attributed it ( tentatively) to Oman
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2018, 03:53 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,761
Posted By ariel
Teodor, Both of us are handicapped by the...

Teodor,

Both of us are handicapped by the quality of picture, but no matter how carefully I looked, I could not see the heterogeneous structure of the walrus ivory. Looks old, dried and randomly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2018, 02:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 387
Posted By ariel
M-m-m-m.... Doubt it. Classical curved or...

M-m-m-m....

Doubt it.
Classical curved or recurved yataghan blades started to tilt down literally within 10-15 cm ( often much less) from the hilt. Here the blade is straight for at least 30...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th May 2018, 03:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 641
Posted By ariel
I am perplexed with the perfectly demarcated ...

I am perplexed with the perfectly demarcated borders between the
fuller and the edges, but with both patterns intruding into the opposite's territories.
Could it be false damascening?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th May 2018, 03:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 387
Posted By ariel
I am sure the blade is Turkish: see "turkish...

I am sure the blade is Turkish: see "turkish ribbon". Quite old: 1164H, ie. 1750-51 Gregorian ( old means older than me).

I am not sure about the handle: looks more European than Ottoman. But then...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th May 2018, 12:23 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,761
Posted By ariel
Theodor, My reference to South Arabia was based...

Theodor,
My reference to South Arabia was based on Robert Hales’ book.
He shows a whole bunch of Omani nimchas with nearly identical IVORY handles, likely made in Zanzibar, Pemba etc. ( pp....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th May 2018, 02:45 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,761
Posted By ariel
Theodor, You hit the nail on the head: of course...

Theodor,

You hit the nail on the head: of course neither of the 2 nimchas is a “fake”. The blade on the French one is not Caucasian, that is as much as one can figure out from a single pic. And,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2018, 01:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,761
Posted By ariel
I started to add some unprintable vocabulary, but...

I started to add some unprintable vocabulary, but caught myself in time:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2018, 12:37 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,761
Posted By ariel
My hat is off to the owner of the French auction...

My hat is off to the owner of the French auction house: he managed to weave a tale fancy enough to suck out €5000 ( plus, I gather, no less than 20% commission) out of some gullible schmuck.

Did...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2018, 01:50 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,761
Posted By ariel
You must be joking:-) Any real evidence?

You must be joking:-)
Any real evidence?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd May 2018, 01:05 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,761
Posted By ariel
I hear you, guys. But then p.198 in Elgood...

I hear you, guys.
But then p.198 in Elgood vol.1: virtually identical one unhesitantly attributed to Europe.

Can we reliably distinguish genuine European multifullered trade blades from their...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th April 2018, 03:35 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,761
Posted By ariel
Yes. And p.200: even with a false edge. But how...

Yes.
And p.200: even with a false edge.
But how on Earth did it get to North Africa?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th April 2018, 12:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 532
Posted By ariel
I have never seen a similar stamp either. But I...

I have never seen a similar stamp either.
But I am not surprised: these sabers were manufactured from a variety of trade blades of a bewildering number of lengths, fullerings, curvatures and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2018, 11:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 594
Posted By ariel
Theodor, I agree with you that the blade is very...

Theodor,

I agree with you that the blade is very simple and could have been made anywhere in the Balkans. That is exactly the reason why I ignored it in my original discussion.

And yes, the handle...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2018, 02:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 594
Posted By ariel
I do not think so. Shashka's ears are separated...

I do not think so. Shashka's ears are separated by very narrow slits, with no defined flat base at the bottom. Same is true ( to a lesser degree) in the case of yataghans..
I do suspect ( not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2018, 04:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 594
Posted By ariel
Estradiot Yataghan

Here is a medium size yataghan I bought strictly because of its handle.
It is simple, wooden, and its only embellishment are 3 round silver-niello bosses situated in places that did not require them...
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