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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th February 2019, 11:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 538
Posted By Bill M
Theyyam Sword

Been long fascinated by the Theyyam Dance Gods in Kerala south India.

"According to K. K. N. Kurup, it can be said that all the prominent characteristics of primitive, tribal, religious worship had...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 30th January 2019, 09:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 622
Posted By Bill M
I said the same thing when I bought it! It came...

I said the same thing when I bought it! It came from a burial place in the high and dry climate in the south American area of Valdivia. Ane area where actually cloth, thousands of years old, have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th January 2019, 11:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 987
Posted By Bill M
Blade length is 28 inches - 71cm width 1 3/8...

Blade length is 28 inches - 71cm
width 1 3/8 inches - 35mm
Thick .25 inches - 6.35mm

It is hefty in the hand, well balanced.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd January 2019, 08:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 906
Posted By Bill M
#1499 Chinese Warring States sword.

CHINA. EARLY WARRING STATES PERIOD, FIRST HALF 5TH CENTURY BC The long tapering blade with beveled edges and with a distinct median ridge made from a different alloy and now of turquoise color, and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st January 2019, 12:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 616
Posted By Bill M
Indonesian friend says this about the scabbard....

Indonesian friend says this about the scabbard. Opinions?

"Looks like magnolia wood / kayu pokok bunga cempaka/cempaga /campagaya,,,
Cempaka wood ,,,, the effect is not just the sweet aromatic...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 20th January 2019, 02:19 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 11,870
Posted By Bill M
I use Evapo-Rust for most items. It gently...

I use Evapo-Rust for most items. It gently removes rust and cleans deeply. It is a water base, so I follow it up with a soak in WD 40 to removes any residual water.

Also electrolysis does a good...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 20th January 2019, 01:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 622
Posted By Bill M
Pre-Columbian Valdiva stone

One of our oldest pieces. It is about 5,000 years old (authenticated) from the Valdivia Culture 3500-1500 bc. South America - Chile

Looks like one of the Ancient Aliens TV Shows
Forum: European Armoury 20th January 2019, 12:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,338
Posted By Bill M
An old post about my Howdah pistol. "The...

An old post about my Howdah pistol.

"The howdah pistols were carried as defensive weapons whether out hunting or not and their primary use was against tigers or other big cats. These pistols can be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th January 2019, 11:32 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 616
Posted By Bill M
1365 Tombak - new and older dress.

I like the new, simpler dress, and do have the earlier, also
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th January 2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,905
Posted By Bill M
Excellent blade! Very happy for you.

Excellent blade! Very happy for you.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 19th January 2019, 09:09 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 11,870
Posted By Bill M
Fascinating! Not boring.

Fascinating! Not boring.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 18th January 2019, 12:04 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 11,870
Posted By Bill M
"there is nothing either good or bad, but...

"there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

I suppose - I am open to questions - that most keris were made for an individual, perhaps factoring in the person's status, possibly...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 18th January 2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 11,870
Posted By Bill M
I am curious about your comments. What are your...

I am curious about your comments. What are your sources? Or are you just espousing your personal opinions?

It was my understanding that Indonesian Islam is founded and intermixed with previous...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 18th January 2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 11,870
Posted By Bill M
WOW! Beautifully said! I am in alignment.

WOW! Beautifully said! I am in alignment.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 17th January 2019, 05:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,360
Posted By Bill M
Here is what I know. Madura Blade 150+ years...

Here is what I know.
Madura
Blade 150+ years old
Dress 80-90 years old
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th January 2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 987
Posted By Bill M
Wow! thank you!

Wow! thank you!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th January 2019, 01:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,066
Posted By Bill M
Just a recent cleaning. Probably should etch the...

Just a recent cleaning. Probably should etch the blade. Do you still use ferric chloride or is there a new solution?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th January 2019, 12:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 987
Posted By Bill M
1075 Chinese Dao

Yellow windings could denote royalty
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th January 2019, 10:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 865
Posted By Bill M
Chinese Imperial Two Handed Dao

Dao - Mine - Fake - What makes it fake? What would someone think it was authentic?

A friend paid a huge price for "Imperial Two Handed Dao". He brought it to me. I quietly let him hold and view one...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2019, 04:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,116
Posted By Bill M
The Real Glory. Moro uprising in the Philippines.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZUIJSe7p_k

Well worth watching. Kris, Barung, Kampilan and some fascinating clever Moro attacks.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2019, 04:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 761
Posted By Bill M
YAY! There it is! I thought I saw an article...

YAY! There it is!

I thought I saw an article that showed my Kris more distinctly. Showed the talisman markings, but maybe it was a dream. I think it was also 1997,
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,066
Posted By Bill M
It could be. How can I tell? Can it be assayed...

It could be. How can I tell? Can it be assayed without damage? I know nothing about how that is done. :confused:

If it was "heavily alloyed with silver" would it tarnish in some way? I have not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 761
Posted By Bill M
Yes, the one on the book cover is different. I...

Yes, the one on the book cover is different.

I think my kris was pictured in the online article displayed below. It was on the site in 2007. The link is now defunct. Wish I had saved the article....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 761
Posted By Bill M
# 71 Swish of the Kris (Cato)

# 71 is depicted in Cato's "Moro Swords" and looks the same in the article "Swish of The Kris"

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=4074&highlight=swish

I see a book has been published...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2019, 11:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,025
Posted By Bill M
I especially like the far right barong with the...

I especially like the far right barong with the old ivory and the chased silver ferrule! :eek:
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