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Forum: European Armoury Today, 06:07 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
In 1730 The French King began sword production at...

In 1730 The French King began sword production at Klingenthal in response to dependence on foreign production.
In 1750 a regulation describes the first hussar sword designed and produced in France,...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 06:25 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Hungarian Hussar sabres and Esterhazy

I am interested in finding out more on Hungarian (Austro-Hungarian) hussar sabres of the mid 18th century, and in particular a for which is shown in E. Wagner's "Cut and Thrust Weapons", Prague,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 05:16 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Good quip Victrix! Indeed 'connecting the dots'...

Good quip Victrix!

Indeed 'connecting the dots' can be a bit maddening as we try to make sense out of these conundrums, and as Ibrahiim has noted.....we can often seem to be going in circles...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 05:09 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
This is truly an intriguing look into use of the...

This is truly an intriguing look into use of the 'cintamani' device so well known in 'Oriental' textiles applied in the design motifs on this pottery. From what I understand the term Iznic refers to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 04:59 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
This is a great representation of the use of the...

This is a great representation of the use of the hand in Islamic talisman context. While this theme seems to be present broadly through the Dar al-Islam, it does seem to be represented in other...
Forum: European Armoury 13th February 2019, 08:12 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Beautifully described Mark!!! and this truly puts...

Beautifully described Mark!!! and this truly puts things in perspective as far as the actual 'combat' and 'boarding' circumstances in the days of sail. Most of these guys were anything but combat...
Forum: European Armoury 13th February 2019, 04:12 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you so much for this fascinating insight...

Thank you so much for this fascinating insight Corrado!!!!!

As someone wo has always studied edged weapons, it is amazing to learn more on the dynamics of these firearms.Your explanations are well...
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2019, 05:41 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
I am always curious when I see the term...

I am always curious when I see the term 'damascus' describing a blade. In my very limited understanding of metallurgy, my impression is that the term has been loosely applied to various forms of...
Forum: European Armoury 11th February 2019, 02:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,482
Posted By Jim McDougall
James, thank you so much for adding this...

James, thank you so much for adding this interesting note!!! It really adds dimension to the actual use of these weapons to have these kinds of real time experiences passed down in family history. It...
Forum: European Armoury 11th February 2019, 02:28 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
This does seem well put together as Jasper has...

This does seem well put together as Jasper has noted.
The pommel is simply a component used to complete the ensemble of these composite elements, and really has no purpose for balance as far as I can...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2019, 11:29 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
I would have loved to see this painting......it...

I would have loved to see this painting......it is always great to have some illustration of the swords we study in context of their use.


These swords (so called 'Berber') were not reprofiled in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2019, 06:05 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
In accord with Detlef and...

In accord with Detlef and Carlos.............excellent research Steve!!! Thank you!

This well supports the idea of the Cuban/South American possibility for this weapon. In references describing...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2019, 06:00 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
I am clearly uninitiated in the arms of...

I am clearly uninitiated in the arms of Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia et al, so the comparison is admittedly free association and obviously somewhat tenuous. However, what I was noting primarily...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2019, 01:29 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
With regard to the cross influence comments in my...

With regard to the cross influence comments in my previous post......the so called Berber sabres, which we now know were from Cuban/Dominican contexts (later seen in Spanish Morocco 1920s).often...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2019, 01:10 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Spanish colonial anomalies!! The infamous...

Spanish colonial anomalies!!
The infamous 'Berber' sabres, which have haunted these pages for nearly decades, presented a curious hilt variation back in 2007 which this hilt reminded me of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th February 2019, 10:52 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Drac2, in looking at this further, I think your...

Drac2, in looking at this further, I think your Mexican inclination is well placed in considering the styling of this scabbard which resembles scabbards seen on Mexican swords through the 19th c.,...
Forum: European Armoury 9th February 2019, 10:44 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Interesting question, and I think you have pretty...

Interesting question, and I think you have pretty much some good understanding of wat the variables are. The reality is that most scabbards were made of materials as you have noted.....wood (timber)...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th February 2019, 08:52 PM
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Views: 264
Posted By Jim McDougall
It seems to me that Levine (1985) always...

It seems to me that Levine (1985) always considered these 'Central American' dirks, but given the scope of the 'Spanish Main' it seems open to many regional possibilities. The many forms of Spanish...
Forum: European Armoury 9th February 2019, 08:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 519
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Victrix. The Wagner reference is a...

Thank you Victrix. The Wagner reference is a wonderful one! and I have relied on it heavily for many years, in fact it was probably among my first books back when it first came out (1967).

The fact...
Forum: European Armoury 8th February 2019, 09:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 519
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Fernando. I checked my copy of...

Thank you Fernando.

I checked my copy of "Edged Weapons of the Habsburg Monarchy 16th-20thc" (Konipsky & Moudry, Prague, 1991) as I felt this blade resembled one of East Europe, and found two...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th February 2019, 05:49 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Rand, thank you so much for this input, and you...

Rand, thank you so much for this input, and you bring interesting perspectives here. Star constellations often provide the basis for certain types of markings on blades, most familiar of course are...
Forum: European Armoury 8th February 2019, 01:19 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
While I am admittedly (and clearly) unfamiliar...

While I am admittedly (and clearly) unfamiliar with the history and weapons of Indonesia and these archipelagos, I am disappointed in the lack of response so wished to at least venture suggestions...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th February 2019, 04:10 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,503
Posted By Jim McDougall
Tipu Sultan bed chamber sword w/ parasol

I wanted to present a bit different conundrum involving the parasol mark which was present on the large bed chamber sword - May 4,1799 as captured by British forces.
The sword was large, unusually...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th February 2019, 11:20 PM
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Views: 4,503
Posted By Jim McDougall
Great explanation Rand! My metallurgy...

Great explanation Rand!

My metallurgy compehrension is about at 'Sesame street' level, so thank you for the excellent description of both the photographic and metallurgic factors.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th February 2019, 08:54 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,816
Posted By Jim McDougall
It is sometimes hard to maintain discourse and...

It is sometimes hard to maintain discourse and perspective with regard to the talismanic condition as often various marks, devices, phrases etc. become regarded as indicators of quality, status and...
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