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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th October 2020, 07:08 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By Bob A
I've never seen anything like that from...

I've never seen anything like that from Africa.

Certainly looks SE Asian to me.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 15th October 2020, 03:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 317
Posted By Bob A
I can't help with the use of this piece, but it...

I can't help with the use of this piece, but it looks as though the elephant is rather more recent than the shaft.

Of course, appearances can be deceiving.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2020, 08:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 454
Posted By Bob A
I have at present eight of these knives. The only...

I have at present eight of these knives. The only two with pamor style blades are modern.

I've not seen pictures of any older ones with pamor/damascus blades.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2020, 04:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,139
Posted By Bob A
I've used Obenauf's leather preservative with...

I've used Obenauf's leather preservative with some success. It restores the dried-out leather but doesn't render it soft and mushy.

Here's a link to part of their site, dealing with horse...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2020, 09:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 551
Posted By Bob A
Yes, I like it.

Yes, I like it.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th September 2020, 09:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,251
Posted By Bob A
Quite attractive silver work on the hilt and top...

Quite attractive silver work on the hilt and top of scabbard. The square piece with the carved carnelian is very reminiscent of some Central Asian jewelry pieces we have. While carnelian is common in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th August 2020, 08:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,496
Posted By Bob A
A couple makers of khukris by traditional...

A couple makers of khukris by traditional methods:

https://kailashblades.com/traditional/ (http://)

https://www.thekhukurihouse.com/ (http://)

No personal experience, but people of my...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th August 2020, 04:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,700
Posted By Bob A
I'd agree with Lee. Perhaps the craftsmanship of...

I'd agree with Lee.

Perhaps the craftsmanship of the silver work is not extremely fine, but it makes up for that with bold and handsome design. Guessing mid-20th century.

I wouldn't mind at all...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2020, 05:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,247
Posted By Bob A
Looks like a scarf weld from an earlier breakage....

Looks like a scarf weld from an earlier breakage. I assume this occurred well before it came into your possession. If it's recent, I have no explanation.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd July 2020, 04:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,356
Posted By Bob A
I'd be slightly inclined toward India as the...

I'd be slightly inclined toward India as the origin, based entirely on the vegetal ornamentation - Persian blades are often seen with animal representation. Steel scabbard also seems Indian to me....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2020, 05:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,787
Posted By Bob A
Looks very North African to me....

Looks very North African to me. Morocco/Algeria/Tunisia. 20th century.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2020, 12:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,471
Posted By Bob A
It does have a sort of Turkish/Caucasian vibe.

It does have a sort of Turkish/Caucasian vibe.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,002
Posted By Bob A
The opening in the scabbard seems most useful for...

The opening in the scabbard seems most useful for weapons that need to be withdrawn in a hurry.

Aside from "somewhere in the Malay Archepelago" that's all Ive got.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th June 2020, 09:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,766
Posted By Bob A
I'm unable to speculate regarging the hilt...

I'm unable to speculate regarging the hilt materiel, but the silver work is attractive.

The blade has an odd look, to me, making me wonder if it is solid, or a welded-together molded 2-piece...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd June 2020, 07:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,941
Posted By Bob A
I'm generally ignorant regarding shibrya, but the...

I'm generally ignorant regarding shibrya, but the blade looks good to me. If the in-hand qualities of the knife indicate its suitability for actual tasks, I'd say it makes no difference whether it's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th May 2020, 03:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,124
Posted By Bob A
I'll readily grant the "personal"...

I'll readily grant the "personal" aspect of markings such as these, but "secret" doesn't fill the cognitive bill. After all, they're readily visible.

I could go with "occult" insofar as the actual...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2020, 04:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,147
Posted By Bob A
I have a vague recollection of this design being...

I have a vague recollection of this design being associated with Timur (1335-1405), making it somewhat more ancient than otherwise noted. Sadly, I have no idea of the actual source of that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd May 2020, 04:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,431
Posted By Bob A
Being at least equally ignorant of the subject,...

Being at least equally ignorant of the subject, I'd say the purpose was twofold: first, it would be suitable for thrusting, in a situation where a swing would be difficult or too time-consuming; and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th May 2020, 03:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,483
Posted By Bob A
I'm pleased to note that the long-standing...

I'm pleased to note that the long-standing tradition of including a foot in the photo of a long gun is being maintained.

Beyond that, my thoughts must extend to Dr. John Watson, whose migrating...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th March 2020, 04:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,707
Posted By Bob A
My first impression was Caucasian also.

My first impression was Caucasian also.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st March 2020, 03:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,732
Posted By Bob A
No expert here, but the silver work on the...

No expert here, but the silver work on the scabbard looks pretty Ottoman to me. What leads you to assume a Tunisian origin?
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 27th February 2020, 02:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,961
Posted By Bob A
I'm inclined to place it in the...

I'm inclined to place it in the Nepal/Bhutan/Tibet area. Broad, of course, but it seems to me to be rather north and east of the earlier suggestions. West of China. (It has a taste of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd February 2020, 03:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,994
Posted By Bob A
I agree that it' "good art" as well as...

I agree that it' "good art" as well as ethnographic; however, it seems to me that there is still a quantum leap between the culture that created the kards we've seen and collected, and the current...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th February 2020, 08:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,288
Posted By Bob A
Five weeks to MACA

Maryland Arms Collectors Association annual show, March 21-22.

Who will be going this year?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th January 2020, 06:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,954
Posted By Bob A
This mandau is not illustrated in Hornbill and...

This mandau is not illustrated in Hornbill and Dragon. That book has only a few pages of mandau illustrations, being more of an overview of the decorative artifacts of Borneo.

I also examined van...
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