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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th February 2016, 06:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 230
Posted By Ian
William: Welcome to the forum and I look forward...

William:

Welcome to the forum and I look forward to seeing pictures of your sword.

When you come to posting pictures of your sword please read the sticky note at the top of the Forum page about...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd February 2016, 04:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 510
Posted By Ian
Probably the main ones who do so regularly and...

Probably the main ones who do so regularly and with attention to detail. I'm sure there are some professional conservators with museums who do a great job, but their time must be spread out trying to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd January 2016, 03:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 805
Posted By Ian
Vandoo: Thanks for sharing your slim barung with...

Vandoo:

Thanks for sharing your slim barung with the Naga hilt Barry. I would suggest another possible origin for this one. The slim barung style is occasionally seen on swords from Palawan, and the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th January 2016, 01:06 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,201
Posted By Ian
Gents: This is an interesting thread but I...

Gents:

This is an interesting thread but I must admit that, while the premise that coins may be a useful source of information about when a type of weapon was used is intriguing, the examples...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th January 2016, 03:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 522
Posted By Ian
I agree with Battara. This does look like a...

I agree with Battara. This does look like a Mandayan spear head, or possibly Bagobo. It is not typical of Luzon spears.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2015, 05:35 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,573
Posted By Ian
Cerjak, Tirri says that the monogram reads...

Cerjak,

Tirri says that the monogram reads "AT," which happen to be his own initials. Is it possible that he had the gun engraved with his own monogram? That would be odd, and he would likely have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th December 2015, 07:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 719
Posted By Ian
Jens and Miguel: Is there any evidence that the...

Jens and Miguel:

Is there any evidence that the ankus, or elephant goad, was actually used as a weapon?

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th December 2015, 10:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 399
Posted By Ian
Blue: Is it that the hilt looks really flat...

Blue:

Is it that the hilt looks really flat and thin that bothers you? I have seen similar thin hilts before on these knives.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th December 2015, 10:00 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,084
Posted By Ian
Hi Miguel: You have chosen a very interesting...

Hi Miguel:

You have chosen a very interesting topic with the Kodava (Coorg) people. They are quite distinct from the majority of Indians in their ethnicity and culture, and have a long martial...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th December 2015, 01:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 727
Posted By Ian
I call mine the "drawer of shame." :( ...

I call mine the "drawer of shame." :( Mistakes are inevitable, but we don't have to repeat them.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th December 2015, 01:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 504
Posted By Ian
drac2K: The first one is, I believe, of Moro...

drac2K:

The first one is, I believe, of Moro origin, specifically from the Maranao people of the Lake Lanao area of Mindanao. The okir carvings on the scabbard are quite characteristic. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th December 2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 738
Posted By Ian
Robert: Thank you for the additional pics which...

Robert:

Thank you for the additional pics which show Taal and Bats on the hilt of a most unusual looking sword.I interpret TAAL to mean Lake Taal and BATS to mean Batangas. Lake Taal is a popular...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st December 2015, 11:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 738
Posted By Ian
Hi Robert: From the shape of the hilt I was...

Hi Robert:

From the shape of the hilt I was thinking more of northern Luzon. Do you have a good provenance for Batangas?

Ian.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 26th November 2015, 02:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 909
Posted By Ian
The folly of the Dutch in laying good raw...

The folly of the Dutch in laying good raw materials on the ground that could be used by the locals was repeated elsewhere by the British. Railway tracks were used in India and Burma for making steel...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th November 2015, 03:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 653
Posted By Ian
Jose: Whoever was wearing that armor when it...

Jose:

Whoever was wearing that armor when it took a hit sufficient to fracture the horn plate probably did not survive the blow. Penetration at that point likely resulted in a blow to the heart....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2015, 03:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 838
Posted By Ian
Good point Pukka.

Good point Pukka.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2015, 03:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 411
Posted By Ian
It does to me.

It does to me.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 838
Posted By Ian
Thank you Andreas. Excellent sources and directly...

Thank you Andreas. Excellent sources and directly relevant to the items under discussion. Chertbolt now has an answer to his question as to where these were made and by whom. As he correctly noted in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th November 2015, 10:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 675
Posted By Ian
Robert: Excellent post! The knife is wonderful,...

Robert:

Excellent post! The knife is wonderful, but the explanation of the symbolism is very helpful. I have heard several versions of this symbolism before from a few Filipinos, but the graphics...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2015, 05:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 454
Posted By Ian
I agree with Detlef. Looks Vietnamese. Ian.

I agree with Detlef. Looks Vietnamese.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2015, 12:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 512
Posted By Ian
CC: Thank you for posting these. This museum...

CC:

Thank you for posting these. This museum seems like a good place to visit. It's a shame they have not preserved some of these swords in better shape. They all look as though they need a good...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2015, 04:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 696
Posted By Ian
Miguel: It does not fit with recent Thai swords...

Miguel: It does not fit with recent Thai swords IMO.

Detlef: That is a very long sword for mainland SE Asia. I'm not familiar with the Cham swords. Can you provide more information on these?

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2015, 01:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 696
Posted By Ian
Detlef: I think the deafening silence to your...

Detlef:

I think the deafening silence to your challenge over the last day or so reflects the unusual nature of this sword and a certain difficulty in placing it to a particular region or people.
...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2015, 11:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,809
Posted By Ian
Hi Rajesh: I would think late 19th or early 20th...

Hi Rajesh:

I would think late 19th or early 20th C judging from the overall appearance. Perhaps a little more recent. Circa 1900 would be my best guess.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2015, 11:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 696
Posted By Ian
Detlef: Before responding to your intriguing...

Detlef:

Before responding to your intriguing question, can you tell us if the blade edge is V-ground or a chisel-grind? I am thinking it is a long V-grind but hard to determine from the pics.

Ian.
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