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Forum: European Armoury 14th May 2022, 05:32 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Wayne, this is interesting and crudely follows...

Wayne, this is interesting and crudely follows certain elements of the so called 'disc hilt' cavalry swords, first the M1769 Austrian pallasch (as shown) and the 1796 British heavy cavalry dragoon...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2022, 07:40 PM
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Views: 47,388
Posted By Jim McDougall
Interestingly, the Omani 'kattara' (another...

Interestingly, the Omani 'kattara' (another collector oriented term, these are simply termed, again, sa'if). The curved blade version of these open hilts of somewhat flattened cylindrical style are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2022, 05:54 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Comparitive examples

Wanted to add these three with notes:
1. This is what may best be called 'Maghrebi' as these are found from Algeria to Morocco, but typically they are known to collectors as Moroccan sa'if.
The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2022, 11:40 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Wonderful grouping!! These are excellent examples...

Wonderful grouping!! These are excellent examples of these sa'if of the Arab sphere. It is important to note that this does not mean 'Arabian' as in Arabia proper, but in the places where Arabs...
Forum: European Armoury 4th May 2022, 08:06 PM
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Views: 771
Posted By Jim McDougall
I agree with Will, this is a composite and...

I agree with Will, this is a composite and generated from what appear to be genuine old components, but the grip as noted is obviously new, along with the liner, guard which seldom survive.
The...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd May 2022, 07:58 PM
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Views: 528
Posted By Jim McDougall
Well noted Fernando, this is in effect sort of a...

Well noted Fernando, this is in effect sort of a regional version of the so called espada ancha (in early days known locally as machete) which was typically a blacksmith produced fronter hanger type...
Forum: European Armoury 19th April 2022, 10:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 941
Posted By Jim McDougall
Sorry forgot to add that page. Birmingham was a...

Sorry forgot to add that page. Birmingham was a recipient of blades from Germany in degree, just as was Spain in this period. It does not seem that Harvey used the BTF until 1740s, though as you have...
Forum: European Armoury 17th April 2022, 04:58 PM
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Views: 941
Posted By Jim McDougall
This is a truly intriguing topic, and one thing...

This is a truly intriguing topic, and one thing that stands out is the term 'scimitar' (though spelled differently).
I had always taken this to be the corrupted transliteration of the Persian...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 30th March 2022, 04:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,241
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thanks for adding the image Ken, apparently...

Thanks for adding the image Ken, apparently another of these sold in 2006 for 5.2 million!
Apparently Picasso was drawn to these African masks, and it would be interesting to know more on how these...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 30th March 2022, 02:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,241
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thanks for posting this!! It IS astounding to see...

Thanks for posting this!! It IS astounding to see something like this, and compelled to search to learn more. It seems that these Fang masks are kind of a 'holy grail' of African art.
the 'NGIL'...
Forum: European Armoury 13th March 2022, 09:45 PM
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Views: 1,266
Posted By Jim McDougall
As David has noted, from "Daggers and Fighting...

As David has noted,
from "Daggers and Fighting Knives of the Western World",
Harold Peterson, 1968
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th March 2022, 07:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,265
Posted By Jim McDougall
This is truly an interesting question, and...

This is truly an interesting question, and probably more toward anthropology than arms study, as the tribal people on these islands, along with those on the Andaman Islands are pretty isolationist so...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th March 2022, 04:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,469
Posted By Jim McDougall
It is of brass alloy and seems quite hollow, this...

It is of brass alloy and seems quite hollow, this is certainly not a fighting weapon but entirely a parade or ceremonial accoutrement. In Sudan there were often variations of kaskara, some with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th March 2022, 04:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,469
Posted By Jim McDougall
Heres another saber with likely Sudanese...

Heres another saber with likely Sudanese association, having notable Ottoman styled hilt of pistol grip form. The blade is of shamshir form and the scabbard has what appears to be the Sudanese flared...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th March 2022, 09:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,469
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you so much David! Ive been sort of crazy...

Thank you so much David!
Ive been sort of crazy on espada anchas most of my life, growing up in Southern Calif. they were around and saw them long before I knew what they were. I've done research on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th March 2022, 06:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,469
Posted By Jim McDougall
The ERSATZ denominator for edged weapons is...

The ERSATZ denominator for edged weapons is actually often quite broad in remote and frontier regions, especially in colonial situations. In the tribal areas of Africa in many cases it was actually...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th March 2022, 03:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,469
Posted By Jim McDougall
Exactly! In studying weapons from the historic...

Exactly! In studying weapons from the historic perspective, which is of course what is my own affliction, there is a lot of speculation and theory based on what is usually pretty circumstantial...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th March 2022, 06:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,469
Posted By Jim McDougall
Really interesting Wayne!! It is not unusual to...

Really interesting Wayne!!
It is not unusual to see western influences in latter 19th c. African swords, and this looks like a village blacksmith rendition of a stirrup hilt.
The scabbard looks...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th February 2022, 06:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,459
Posted By Jim McDougall
My apologies. TMI.

My apologies. TMI.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th February 2022, 08:20 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,635
Posted By Jim McDougall
Addendum to my post #38, I found some notes...

Addendum to my post #38,
I found some notes referring to that San RoqE inscription and a rough sketch of an apparent example I was looking at with an oddly shaped grip, the same type of 'choil'...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th February 2022, 03:21 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,635
Posted By Jim McDougall
This is a fascinating example, and I know I have...

This is a fascinating example, and I know I have seen one either similar or perhaps this very sword in references someplace (it'll drive me nuts til I find it). The example I recall had that same SAN...
Forum: European Armoury 24th February 2022, 08:03 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 7,532
Posted By Jim McDougall
This is an absolutely brilliant look into these...

This is an absolutely brilliant look into these most interesting and attractive sabers JT!!! It makes very clear the resounding influence that these swords made on the British and French, and that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th February 2022, 07:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,459
Posted By Jim McDougall
I'd like to narrow things down a bit, since...

I'd like to narrow things down a bit, since Africa is quite a large and diverse continent. While spears of course remained traditionally in the many tribes of Africa virtually from prehistoric times...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th February 2022, 10:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,229
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you! That was "Introduction to Islamic...

Thank you!
That was "Introduction to Islamic Arms " (1999).
I recall talking with Tony North while I was researching Ali Dinar kaskaras as I had come across one said to be from his armory, and...
Forum: European Armoury 19th February 2022, 01:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,424
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you so much for this follow up! What is...

Thank you so much for this follow up!
What is intriguing about this sword is that this very early rapier blade has clearly enjoyed a long working life as the form of the small sword hilt seems...
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