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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th May 2015, 07:41 AM
Replies: 13
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Posted By ALEX
I'd etch the blade. if done properly, it would...

I'd etch the blade. if done properly, it would not damage anything. but could reveal wootz pattern the way it was intended. Gold can be protected with light coat of nail polish and removed with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2015, 12:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,099
Posted By ALEX
Was the workshop identified for the mentioned...

Was the workshop identified for the mentioned Wallace exhibit? If there are no marks, and seldomly they are on these examples, it can be any Ottoman workshop of that period. There were many. Your...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th April 2015, 01:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 353
Posted By ALEX
I think this can be applied to anything of...

I think this can be applied to anything of commerce and value, cars, bicycles, houses... people.... you name it. Not sure this can be a good guide when buying antique swords though...
... one must...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th April 2015, 01:45 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 242
Posted By ALEX
Polish Sword, Request Needed

Greetings to all,
I am looking for info and closeups of the sword pictured on the cover of this book, first sword on the left with white (jade?) hilt. I do not have this book and this is why I am...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2015, 06:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 491
Posted By ALEX
You may search for CITES related posts like this...

You may search for CITES related posts like this one (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=19262&highlight=cites)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2015, 10:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 468
Posted By ALEX
Another good catch, Stefan There are more...

Another good catch, Stefan
There are more "mistakes" that show retrofit. yes, the coftgari is good quality, but not ususual nor unseen before.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2015, 08:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 468
Posted By ALEX
I agree with Ilias' and others. besides what's...

I agree with Ilias' and others. besides what's mentioned, the blade shows signs of "unnatural"aging.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2015, 01:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 751
Posted By ALEX
This is a proper approach coming from truly...

This is a proper approach coming from truly experienced professional, accomplished collector and highly esteemed colleague. Bravo, Charles!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2015, 01:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 751
Posted By ALEX
Really? :) The fact that there are many...

Really? :) The fact that there are many reproductions on eBay does not mean that all Indian tulwars are fake now:)
There was a similar discussion regarding old, bad quality Indian Katars, and people...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2015, 01:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 318
Posted By ALEX
The Oldest Crucible Steel Blade in Eastern Europe - early 13th Century

Interesting read...
would be nice to know what kind of crucible steel it is, and to see the wootz pattern:)...

Archaeologists have discovered an incredibly rare, advanced weapon, and they found it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th January 2015, 08:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 739
Posted By ALEX
Based on decoration - typical Persian late Qajar...

Based on decoration - typical Persian late Qajar period, late 19th century. relatively crude work, and could be 20th c.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2015, 11:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 768
Posted By ALEX
It is such multifaceted subject and depends on...

It is such multifaceted subject and depends on many factors. I do not think an item should become a fake in someone's mind once he/she finds out it has newer part. It's a pity, but does not render an...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th January 2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 768
Posted By ALEX
the object cannot become fake depending on how or...

the object cannot become fake depending on how or how much was it sold for. It is either fake, properly restored antique or improperly restored antique (including mistakes like altered or mismatched...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th January 2015, 10:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 768
Posted By ALEX
Interesting discussion:) I think it's too...

Interesting discussion:) I think it's too subjective and a matter of personal taste. I recently saw a Ludovisi collection of ancient Roman statues. 90% of those have replaced heads and other...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th January 2015, 10:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 768
Posted By ALEX
of course it is done. But once again,...

of course it is done. But once again, "faking" is only when it is made/sold to deceive. Most antique arms underwent restorations many times, and it is ok if done properly and skilfully. Should one...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th January 2015, 09:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 768
Posted By ALEX
Kubur, Thanks for sharing the pictures. Always...

Kubur, Thanks for sharing the pictures. Always nice to see this info and closeups. Personally, I'd not call these "fakes". Even with new/newer hilts and crossguards, these are restored blades, the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th December 2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 819
Posted By ALEX
Evgeny, Vandoo had a good point earlier when he...

Evgeny,
Vandoo had a good point earlier when he suggested to look at the place it was found. It is most important info you can get, if known and reliable of course. If not, it'll be much of a guess....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th December 2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 819
Posted By ALEX
It'd have been easier if it was found in...

It'd have been easier if it was found in Italy:).. it resembles so-called GENOUI (http://www.oriental-arms.com/item.php?id=3693) form (deriving from ancient Roman (and later European) round-pommeled...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st December 2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 570
Posted By ALEX
it is not a Tatar blade. and it looks like it was...

it is not a Tatar blade. and it looks like it was in the river quite short time:)
looks like a modern production. Can you tell is the blade is forged or cut from the flat sheet of metal?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th December 2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 630
Posted By ALEX
Definitely Syrian. Very late 20th century. The...

Definitely Syrian. Very late 20th century. The blade could be older, hard to tell.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th December 2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 699
Posted By ALEX
not a dog, it is YALI...

not a dog, it is
YALI (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yali_%28Hindu_mythology%29) - a mythical Hindu creature. The hilt is not particularly old. Hard to say anything about the blade, it also looks...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 649
Posted By ALEX
Here is the LINK...

Here is the LINK (http://io9.com/did-this-medieval-sword-actually-belong-to-ivan-the-ter-1662663204) to the article
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2014, 07:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 862
Posted By ALEX
Kubur, what makes you think that the fittings are...

Kubur, what makes you think that the fittings are not more recent? Are you comparing them (and item as a whole) with well-known and documented examples, noticing workmanship and execution techniques,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2014, 07:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 630
Posted By ALEX
as already noted, this is 20th century syrian...

as already noted, this is 20th century syrian tourist/souvenir dagger. it is not silver inlaid, it is overlay i.e. coftgari technique, which was/is made in Syria as well.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2014, 07:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 453
Posted By ALEX
Martin, I do not see/think it has any particular...

Martin, I do not see/think it has any particular pattern, although I see one weak streak, but hard to tell. extensive pitting and mechanical cleaning do weaken the pattern and make it harder to etch.
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