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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 07:22 AM
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Posted By Ian
Ed, You may be right. When I run a finger over...

Ed,

You may be right. When I run a finger over the area it is slightly raised and smooth. Scratching the surface with a finger nail does not remove anything, but the blade appears to have been...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 12:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 88
Posted By Ian
Yes, I think WWII or maybe a little earlier....

Yes, I think WWII or maybe a little earlier. Talismanic is a possibility. My first thought was the inlay represented an axe, but it could depict a flag. A lot that's not clear about this one.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 12:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 88
Posted By Ian
Willem, I see what you mean. This is...

Willem,

I see what you mean. This is definitely an insert into the blade as I can feel an edge to it that goes into the blade. The corrosion/oxidation does look a bit odd and I shall give it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 10:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 88
Posted By Ian
Puzzling Filipino (?) bolo

I'm having trouble placing where this one may be from. I think it is from the Philippines, and at first sight I thought it may be from Bicol. However, the raised carved area on the front of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st April 2020, 04:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 431
Posted By Ian
Agree 100% with Detlef. Clean them up and you...

Agree 100% with Detlef. Clean them up and you will have a lovely pair of late 18th C daab. Then you should insure them. ;) :D
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2020, 04:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 431
Posted By Ian
Drac: Fascinating pieces. Do you think the...

Drac:

Fascinating pieces. Do you think the swords are functional--tempered steel?

About 20 years ago I bought several swords from an online seller that had been used in movies. One was from Yul...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th March 2020, 01:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,356
Posted By Ian
Yes, and the fullers are not quite right also. I...

Yes, and the fullers are not quite right also. I think it is a locally made imitation of an Italian dagger. Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th March 2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,356
Posted By Ian
Detlef, The blade reminds me very much of a...

Detlef,

The blade reminds me very much of a 19th C. Italian "vendetta dagger." Perhaps a copy of an Italian blade in Magrib fittings.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2020, 09:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 759
Posted By Ian
Thanks Detlef for summarizing the features of...

Thanks Detlef for summarizing the features of these swords. As Xas noted, they appear to be a distinct category that we have not recognized well before. I would simply add that it has no guard...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2020, 10:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 759
Posted By Ian
Hi Detlef, That one is in storage and I will...

Hi Detlef,

That one is in storage and I will need to find it for more pictures. Don't recall if it is very thick at forte. I think it is another example of what we have been looking at in this...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2020, 02:46 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 759
Posted By Ian
And one more that may not be as old as some of...

And one more that may not be as old as some of the examples shown here.


Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2020, 02:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 654
Posted By Ian
On checking with the publisher, the book was...

On checking with the publisher, the book was indeed sent over a week ago but presently sits in a Frankfurt shipping office awaiting clearance to forward to Australia. We have been in lock down for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th March 2020, 08:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 654
Posted By Ian
I ordered and paid for this book more than two...

I ordered and paid for this book more than two months ago, and then received several emails to say that publication was delayed and I may not receive a copy until May. Although I live in Australia,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd March 2020, 02:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,304
Posted By Ian
Hi Athanase, These swords have been...

Hi Athanase,

These swords have been discussed on this Forum over the last decade or more. One of the early discussions was here (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=549), and there...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2020, 12:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 482
Posted By Ian
Hi Charles, Very nice and complete, as Kai...

Hi Charles,

Very nice and complete, as Kai noted. It even has the filework along the edge side of the short ricasso. I'd put this at early 20th C, or a bit before.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th March 2020, 12:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 500
Posted By Ian
Hi Stu, Again, like your first example, not...

Hi Stu,

Again, like your first example, not Filipino IMHO.

I would also call this a parang of village quality and used for chopping wood and gardening/agricultural purposes. The hilt is not one...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th March 2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 502
Posted By Ian
Hi Stu: Not Philippines IMHO. It is a...

Hi Stu:

Not Philippines IMHO.

It is a humble, village quality parang that could be from Java, but Sumatra or Kalimantan might be possibilities also. It's a general purpose knife, mainly for...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 14th March 2020, 06:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 581
Posted By Ian
Well put TRL! Drac, just declare it and don't...

Well put TRL! Drac, just declare it and don't give them any further data. The more you say, the more they have to be concerned about. "I don't know" is a perfectly truthful answer to many customs...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th March 2020, 02:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 570
Posted By Ian
The quality of the hilt belies the fanciness of...

The quality of the hilt belies the fanciness of the blade, and I'm inclined to agree with Battara that the hilt may be an (old) replacement. This could be a Malay version of the kris rather than...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 5th March 2020, 08:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 565
Posted By Ian
Interesting piece David. Very nicely carved and...

Interesting piece David. Very nicely carved and finished piece of horn.
Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th March 2020, 07:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 818
Posted By Ian
Thanks again for the clarification, Xas. So we...

Thanks again for the clarification, Xas. So we have the Tinguian/Kalinga forms (head axes, spears) that are produced locally plus the imported Ilocos Norte knives shown in the figures of Cole. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th March 2020, 03:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 818
Posted By Ian
Hi Xas, A quick comment on the Tinguian based...

Hi Xas,

A quick comment on the Tinguian based on the anthropological studies of Fay-Cooper Cole who lived among them in 1907-1908 and later published his work in the U.S. I've written here...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th March 2020, 07:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 972
Posted By Ian
BAW, Thank you for this very informative post...

BAW,

Thank you for this very informative post and the first hand knowledge of the dig in San Diego. Great to have your expertise here.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th March 2020, 07:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 883
Posted By Ian
Hi David, You are not getting much help with...

Hi David,

You are not getting much help with the Philippine origin (or otherwise) of your spear head, and I'm thinking that is because the hollow ground nature of the blade is causing people to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th March 2020, 07:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 861
Posted By Ian
Here are some interesting perspectives and a nice...

Here are some interesting perspectives and a nice summary of the state of leaf springs in the early 1900s. It is apparent that the materials from which springs were being made was in a transition...
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