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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2007, 09:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,150
Posted By ham
Archer, The mark on your barrel reads,...

Archer,

The mark on your barrel reads, IMTIHAN.
It means TESTED or PROVED

Ham
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th August 2007, 05:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,155
Posted By ham
CharlesS is correct, this is a secondary weapon...

CharlesS is correct, this is a secondary weapon and there is nothing unusual about its size seen in that context. Such swords are not cavalry weapons-- rather, they are used for close foot-fighting...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th August 2007, 09:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,117
Posted By ham
Your assumption is inaccurate, unfortunately....

Your assumption is inaccurate, unfortunately. This too, is a 19th century rehilt as are many of the others displayed in various Turkish museums. The guard and pommel are Persian or Afghan work, and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th August 2007, 07:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,117
Posted By ham
Rand, How did you establish this? Muhammad was...

Rand,

How did you establish this?

Muhammad was the one who started the use of text to decorate weapons and armor for talismanic purposes in the Islamic empire.

Further:

One thing to take note...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th August 2007, 09:59 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 24,998
Posted By ham
That is a beautifully photographed album but its...

That is a beautifully photographed album but its content is severely lacking in terms of accuracy.
As to the "Black Sea Yatagan" per se, it is interesting that these weapons migrated about as they...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th August 2007, 03:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,719
Posted By ham
It has been mentioned on this forum more than...

It has been mentioned on this forum more than once that the phrase There is no hero like 'Ali, and no sword lik Dhul-Faqar
was and is used throughout the Dar al-Islam-- it is by no means limited to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th August 2007, 10:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,765
Posted By ham
There is nothing in the images represented on the...

There is nothing in the images represented on the grips nor in the pattern of the goldwork on the blade which suggest anything other than Persian workmanship. The form of the blade, and the pattern...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th August 2007, 10:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,719
Posted By ham
Though worn, it appears to read THERE IS NO HERO...

Though worn, it appears to read
THERE IS NO HERO LIKE 'ALI AND SWORD LIKE DHUL'FAKAR

Ham
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st July 2007, 04:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,602
Posted By ham
Ariel, Nothing unusual I can see in this...

Ariel,

Nothing unusual I can see in this dagger-- blade may be a little earlier but the grip is rather typical Toledo work of the mid-late 19th century. It isn't nielloed, but gilt and enamelled....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th July 2007, 08:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,007
Posted By ham
Tim, Weren't you going to post images of further...

Tim,

Weren't you going to post images of further sabres??

Ham
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th July 2007, 06:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 8,157
Posted By ham
Excellent, I look forward to seeing them! Ham

Excellent, I look forward to seeing them!

Ham
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2007, 09:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 8,157
Posted By ham
Manolo, It is correct that this phrase...

Manolo,

It is correct that this phrase glorifying 'Ali and Dhul-fakar was used among both Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims.

Oriental-Arms,

Your observation,

"that swords were used to carry early dates...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th July 2007, 10:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 8,157
Posted By ham
Congratulations on the acquisition of a truly...

Congratulations on the acquisition of a truly superior example!
As to how an Ottoman blade found its way into an Indian hilt, we know that trade and gifts between the Turks and the Mughals were by...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th July 2007, 05:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,832
Posted By ham
Nice dagger, dates early 18th century. Scabbard...

Nice dagger, dates early 18th century. Scabbard would have been silver-covered and probably lavishly decorated. Hard to tell from these images if the gems are original.


Ham
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st July 2007, 05:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,594
Posted By ham
Well, it's clear the tip has been rebated as...

Well, it's clear the tip has been rebated as CharlesS notes, and that the scabbard is not only Ottoman in style but has been made to suit the blade in its shortened form. Thrusting would of course be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st July 2007, 02:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,007
Posted By ham
Nice complete example, Tim. Do you have others to...

Nice complete example, Tim. Do you have others to share?

Ham
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th June 2007, 09:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,007
Posted By ham
Welcome to the Forum, Tim. I, for one, would be...

Welcome to the Forum, Tim.

I, for one, would be interested in knowing more about early sabres, please do post some photos with descriptions.

Ham
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st April 2007, 11:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,407
Posted By ham
Work of Mehmet, Owner Mustafa. The inscription is...

Work of Mehmet, Owner Mustafa. The inscription is poorly written but the first word appears to be "bichak" or knife

Ham
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th April 2007, 05:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,234
Posted By ham
I must agree with Alex. That is, if one is a wise...

I must agree with Alex. That is, if one is a wise buyer-- checking the market, comparing similar examples through auction catalogues, etc. before buying.

In many decades of active collecting I have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th April 2007, 09:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,831
Posted By ham
Nice example. The inscriptions read: Work of...

Nice example.
The inscriptions read:

Work of Muhammad Shah

O Muhammad!

Allah, O Muhammad, O Ali!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th March 2007, 04:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,348
Posted By ham
While of relatively good workmanship this dagger...

While of relatively good workmanship this dagger probably was not made before the late 1800s, and may date as late as the 1930s.
The term janbiyyah is not used in Iran, khanjar is correct.
The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th February 2007, 07:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,395
Posted By ham
Unfortunately Skafte has closed their doors. They...

Unfortunately Skafte has closed their doors. They will be missed

Ham
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st February 2007, 03:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,767
Posted By ham
The gentleman in question was Lord Egerton of...

The gentleman in question was Lord Egerton of Tatton. Heard that story many years ago and it may well be true.

Ham
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st February 2007, 01:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,639
Posted By ham
And 5 p worth of advice: These are antiques,...

And 5 p worth of advice:

These are antiques, come by their condition honestly. Perhaps leave them be.

Ham
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th February 2007, 01:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,504
Posted By ham
Hilt and blade both vicky, better than average...

Hilt and blade both vicky, better than average work.


Ham
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