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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 09:29 AM
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Posted By Ian
Thumbs up Yves, Even though this is a mid- to late-20th...

Yves,

Even though this is a mid- to late-20th C piece, it is well made and in the traditional Maranao style (except for the kakatua pommel which is a modern interpretation). The decorated silver...
Forum: European Armoury 25th September 2020, 09:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 426
Posted By Ian
Great tale, Jim. It is surprising what turns up...

Great tale, Jim. It is surprising what turns up on some of the "ordinary" old pieces we have had lying around for years. I'm often surprised by unfamiliar marks and little features on ethnographic...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2020, 03:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 222
Posted By Ian
Nice article Jose! I like the science these...

Nice article Jose! I like the science these people bring to the issue of human and cassowary bone daggers. Very interesting article. Thanks for posting it.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd September 2020, 09:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 564
Posted By Ian
Aha! You ended up with it! I was watching but did...

Aha! You ended up with it! I was watching but did not bid on it.

Very unusual piece. The blade reminds me somewhat, in shape at least, of a Chassepot bayonet or one of its variants. From what I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd September 2020, 05:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 312
Posted By Ian
Hi Yves, The hilt and scabbard look post...

Hi Yves,

The hilt and scabbard look post WWII, maybe 1960-1970s. Most likely a Maranao blade IMHO. The dress looks Maranao also.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd September 2020, 12:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 351
Posted By Ian
Yes, I think so.

Yes, I think so.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd September 2020, 08:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 351
Posted By Ian
The chisel grind brings me back to Visayan and...

The chisel grind brings me back to Visayan and the octagonal ferrule is also consistent with Visayan. I did receive an email from a Filipino friend who identified this knife as coming from Negros...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd September 2020, 06:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 295
Posted By Ian
Please read the sticky about photos at the top of...

Please read the sticky about photos at the top of the Forum page. It is likely that your files are too large to post, in which case they will need to be edited down.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2020, 11:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 647
Posted By Ian
Hi Peter, Interesting reading. I note that Mr...

Hi Peter,

Interesting reading. I note that Mr Grey uses specific language when he says that the manufacture of these swords is confined to the Tarengs, who do not appear to be true Kachins. Just...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2020, 09:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 351
Posted By Ian
Hi Albert, Very unusual sword/knife. I'm...

Hi Albert,

Very unusual sword/knife. I'm inclined to think this is Visayan from the style of hilt and the S-guard. Does the blade have a chisel-grind? As far as figural hilts, there are a few...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2020, 02:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 542
Posted By Ian
Hi Jeff, The loop on the scabbard came with it...

Hi Jeff,


The loop on the scabbard came with it and appears to have some age and wear. As far as the rattan, I would simply give it a light oil to moisten it up again. The rattan dries out in our...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2020, 10:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 542
Posted By Ian
Here are some I have had. They vary considerably...

Here are some I have had. They vary considerably in size, from knives up to full sword length. Blackening on the back of the sheath of the largest one is also present.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2020, 10:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 542
Posted By Ian
Nice catch Jeff. These are not easy to find.

Nice catch Jeff. These are not easy to find.
Forum: European Armoury 19th September 2020, 11:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 765
Posted By Ian
Perhaps this edit helps.

Perhaps this edit helps.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2020, 08:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 419
Posted By Ian
Thanks Leif. Pinning the hilt and tang like...

Thanks Leif.

Pinning the hilt and tang like that is distinctly odd for any Mindanao group, or indeed for any Traditional Filipino weapon. I think this was probably WWII vintage and used by an...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2020, 08:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 733
Posted By Ian
Wayne, you may find some useful observations in...

Wayne, you may find some useful observations in this thread--Modern barung (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=23545). As Xasterix has noted, there are still some traditional barung...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2020, 08:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 218
Posted By Ian
Nice. It cleaned up well.

Nice. It cleaned up well.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2020, 07:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 419
Posted By Ian
Hi Lief: That's an unusual one for a couple of...

Hi Lief:

That's an unusual one for a couple of reasons. First, the hilt seems to be wood with no brass. Is that right? If it is all wood, then that is more uncommon than all brass. I've only seen...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2020, 06:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 419
Posted By Ian
Rick, I think this one is another kampilan-like...

Rick, I think this one is another kampilan-like blade. Probably more so than resembling a bangkung which tends to have a more rounded approach of the spine to the tip. I don't know what the Bagobo...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th September 2020, 05:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 238
Posted By Ian
Hi Dave, Welcome to the Forum! I see that...

Hi Dave,

Welcome to the Forum!

I see that you originally posted this back on September 14, but it has just come through the Moderation system. Not sure why it took that long. Apologies for the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th September 2020, 12:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 419
Posted By Ian
Hi Yves: Yes, this one is Bagobo/Tagakaolo....

Hi Yves:

Yes, this one is Bagobo/Tagakaolo. The Tagakaolo are one of the three main groups of Bagobos, who live mainly on Mt Apo and surrounds, including Davao City. It is uncommon to see an all...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,036
Posted By Ian
What about the "bearing swords" of...

What about the "bearing swords" of Europe--those monsters that were carried in procession? Moro datus do a similar thing with large ornate kampilan. "Mine is bigger than yours" can play out in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,036
Posted By Ian
Hi Peter, Quite so. The *Shan dha are...

Hi Peter,

Quite so. The *Shan dha are shorter and lighter than the Burman swords to which you refer. Shan dha were considered by many to be among the best fighting swords in SE Asia, with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2020, 11:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,036
Posted By Ian
Hi Peter, It depends whose fighting and the...

Hi Peter,

It depends whose fighting and the style they use. We are talking about mainly foot soldiers, not mounted cavalry, and the dha was considered a lighter and faster sword than many...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2020, 04:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,036
Posted By Ian
Jeff, I don't think so. The "quality"...

Jeff, I don't think so. The "quality" of dha used for fighting is different from the"quality" we see in these high end, decorative examples. The blades of "fighting dha" vary widely, but are...
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