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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 04:49 AM
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Posted By Philip
Having handled, researched, and restored many of...

Having handled, researched, and restored many of these "extreme rarity" swords since the 1970s, I must disagree. It's easy to assume from the tons of crappy fakes floating around that the genuine...
Forum: European Armoury 18th April 2021, 07:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 477
Posted By Philip
Hi, Colin To answer your questions, I pored...

Hi, Colin

To answer your questions, I pored through two references covering the subject:
1. Ewart Oakeshott, European Weapons and Armour from the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution, chap. 2,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2021, 07:09 PM
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Views: 767
Posted By Philip
Hi, Joe Thanks much for sharing additional pics....

Hi, Joe

Thanks much for sharing additional pics. The one in the scabbard, shown diagonally with a karabela pommel below, has features that point to it being a bona fide antique, probably late 19th...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2021, 02:39 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 767
Posted By Philip
Don't we all dream of finding the saber carried...

Don't we all dream of finding the saber carried by Genghis Cohen?
Dig deep enough on the internet, one of us lucky bums might just find it!

Some years ago, I saw something written by some chap about...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2021, 02:33 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 767
Posted By Philip
Jim, you might have a better grasp of this after...

Jim, you might have a better grasp of this after digging deeper into the historical narrative. The Dutch sinologist R van Gulick wrote an interesting article on the significance of the jian, along...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2021, 05:31 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 767
Posted By Philip
David, you've hit the nail right on the head. ...

David, you've hit the nail right on the head. No use over-intellectualizing the Buddhistic symbolism, this thing is bogus. The uneven workmanship, the assembly of the hilt (note especially the...
Forum: European Armoury 16th April 2021, 11:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 477
Posted By Philip
In some parts of Europe, in pre-industrial times,...

In some parts of Europe, in pre-industrial times, cutting tools for domestic and craft uses were often deeply marked with punched-in stamps. The Germanic countries were well known for this. Of...
Forum: European Armoury 16th April 2021, 11:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 477
Posted By Philip
The blade details (look also at cross-section,...

The blade details (look also at cross-section, bevels, and the manner of fullering) are distinctly different between this, and the Asiatic examples you cite. Close (in profile) to be sure, but not a...
Forum: European Armoury 16th April 2021, 10:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 477
Posted By Philip
Thanks, Bob, for the additional pics. Are those...

Thanks, Bob, for the additional pics. Are those straps physically attached to the socket? They look separate in the photo but with the piece in hand, you might see differently.

What strikes me...
Forum: European Armoury 15th April 2021, 11:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 477
Posted By Philip
Design and construction aren't close to any...

Design and construction aren't close to any glaive I've seen, Chinese, European, or otherwise.

How secure is the socket-to-shaft attachment? Like with a cross pin or rivet?
A flensing knife used...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th April 2021, 11:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 478
Posted By Philip
Well, Iran has quite a tradition of eroticism in...

Well, Iran has quite a tradition of eroticism in the arts. I thought that the poetic expression was Sufistic spiritualism expressed in a physical metaphor, but some years ago a collector showed me a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th April 2021, 04:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 478
Posted By Philip
I wonder what the significance is of the...

I wonder what the significance is of the tokhes-shaped or gluteoform tip.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th April 2021, 02:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 640
Posted By Philip
Pighorns : brass has class

Thanks for the links, carynx has a lot of musical possibilities -- what an otherworldly sound! Both eerie and awe-inspiring. Some years ago I saw a display in a vitrine at the Museum of Scotland...
Forum: European Armoury 5th April 2021, 06:00 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,155
Posted By Philip
Olá, Nando You provide some interesting...

Olá, Nando
You provide some interesting background info. I think the padded cotton is not necessarily lower than the layers of only skin, based on experiments conducted by archer friends in the...
Forum: European Armoury 5th April 2021, 05:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,463
Posted By Philip
I wonder how long it takes for your lady friend...

I wonder how long it takes for your lady friend to apply sunblock on a 300 lb piggy (by the way, how old is it -- if still a young 'un I wonder if he be a Hogzilla in the making, or perhaps a...
Forum: European Armoury 5th April 2021, 02:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,463
Posted By Philip
On a very hot day it might be a matter of...

On a very hot day it might be a matter of survival for them.
This is an animal that tends not to thrive in environments like the depths of the Sahara desert.
Forum: European Armoury 5th April 2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,463
Posted By Philip
Horses sweat like we do, but not pigs. That's...

Horses sweat like we do, but not pigs. That's why they need to immerse themselves or wallow in puddles to cool off.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th April 2021, 12:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 640
Posted By Philip
going after sleeping tigers

David, I know you have a martial arts background, but please refrain from trying this at your local zoo. Even if the shaft of your mace does have an iron core!

Seriously, the legend makes it a...
Forum: European Armoury 4th April 2021, 05:03 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,155
Posted By Philip
Hi, Jim Muchas gracias for the extensive...

Hi, Jim
Muchas gracias for the extensive contextual info with specific references!

You might be interested in these two examples of Spanish brigandine cuirasses, of leather with small overlapping...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd April 2021, 04:56 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,155
Posted By Philip
And doesn't the cross of the Order of Aviz have...

And doesn't the cross of the Order of Aviz have a fleur-de-lys at the end of each arm?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st April 2021, 10:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 640
Posted By Philip
A wonderful, untouched piece with mellow patina. ...

A wonderful, untouched piece with mellow patina. Quite a neat bit of blacksmithing on the iron "cage" surrounding the shaft.

It would be great if someone on this forum has additional information...
Forum: European Armoury 31st March 2021, 04:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,463
Posted By Philip
Would help to have some identification of the...

Would help to have some identification of the painting, artist, date. To rule out it being, say, a Victorian-era historicism.

That implement the guy is carrying reminds me of a slightly fancier...
Forum: European Armoury 29th March 2021, 04:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 501
Posted By Philip
thanks for posting this article, about an...

thanks for posting this article, about an exceptional sword.

Interesting that Ms Palermo gives no credit to the late Ewart Oakeshott, who covered the subject of esoteric religious inscriptions quite...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd March 2021, 10:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,245
Posted By Philip
Thanks, and let's see some pictures please!

Thanks, and let's see some pictures please!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd March 2021, 07:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,365
Posted By Philip
Very nice, high quality and superb condition. ...

Very nice, high quality and superb condition. Possible trophies taken during the 17th cent. wars against the Ottomans?
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