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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th March 2020, 06:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 895
Posted By Philip
European antecedent -- miquelet lock

The lock on the gun posted previously. Ca. 1630, it is a very early Italian interpretation of an already-mature Spanish design. The peculiar outline of the bottom of the lock plate, with a bulging...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th March 2020, 06:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 895
Posted By Philip
European antecedent: ring swivels

Here is an early miquelet-lock gun, ca 1630, fitted-up in Brescia (in Lombardy, northern Italy) in local style of the era, using an imported Ottoman barrel. The bulge on the bottom of the stock...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th March 2020, 05:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 895
Posted By Philip
Tang screws threaded into the tang itself, and...

Tang screws threaded into the tang itself, and with heads on the bottom, are the norm for Italian and Spanish guns pre-1700. And miquelet lock firearms in the Balkans are based on weapons...
Forum: European Armoury 29th March 2020, 05:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 438
Posted By Philip
Those projecting lugs make it ideal for the...

Those projecting lugs make it ideal for the purpose of poking piggy and minimizing the danger of him being run clean through and coming up to tusk the hunter. Great suggestion, Lee!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd March 2020, 09:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 600
Posted By Philip
I agree, Peter, with the continuity of style over...

I agree, Peter, with the continuity of style over two dynasties. Re appearance of age, it would depend to a large extent on where it's been all these years. As our experience with Western edged...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd March 2020, 09:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 438
Posted By Philip
what to call it?

Mario Troso, in Le Armi in Asta delle Fanterie Europee 1000-1500 (Pole arms of European infantry) provides a very good classification of such weapons. On page 105 he illustrates several examples,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th February 2020, 01:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 619
Posted By Philip
Thanks for sharing this one Josh, and good to see...

Thanks for sharing this one Josh, and good to see you on the forum. You can call this a Eurasian hybrid concept but entirely made in a Chinese workshop, not a composite of hilt and blade of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th February 2020, 06:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 997
Posted By Philip
Does the shape of the grip on the present example...

Does the shape of the grip on the present example give any hint as to Malay style or craftsmanship? Is this shape identical or similar to that on the M1840 that you have seen? Might you have a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th February 2020, 04:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 997
Posted By Philip
I agree with Kubur -- this is a non-Chinese...

I agree with Kubur -- this is a non-Chinese composite, in fact I see nothing specifically Asiatic about it at all.
Forum: European Armoury 6th February 2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 958
Posted By Philip
another example

Here's one in a private collection. The very simple guard on these has a "proto-" look, I think it is the immediate predecessor to the form that Ewart Oakeshott called Type I (the Stibbert example...
Forum: European Armoury 5th February 2020, 05:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 958
Posted By Philip
Congratulations, Evgeny. The simpler hilt...

Congratulations, Evgeny. The simpler hilt construction of yours is a quite early design, your estimate of dates is right, and this style is seldom found. I don't object to the slightly shortened...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2020, 09:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,570
Posted By Philip
Vietnam's situation was complicated by the fact...

Vietnam's situation was complicated by the fact that the Nguyen Dynasty came to power after a period of internal conflict, with considerable assistance in the form of arms and military expertise...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2020, 05:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,570
Posted By Philip
There were many such events in Vietnam during the...

There were many such events in Vietnam during the first half of the 19th cent., during which many European missionaries and native converts were executed. The early rulers of the Nguyen Dynasty,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th January 2020, 02:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,570
Posted By Philip
Engraved blade deco

Vietnamese blades are often distinguishable from Chinese ones by the simplistic vegetal scrollwork engraved on them. The motif is inspired by the inlaid floral mother of pearl inlays on the hardwood...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th January 2020, 04:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,570
Posted By Philip
quite likely Vietnamese

I agree with Ren Ren's assessment of the guard deco. The Vietnamese name for this weapon is dao truong.

While it could have been used as a headsman's implement, falchions of this type were not...
Forum: European Armoury 17th December 2019, 05:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,027
Posted By Philip
Every fire ax I've seen (at least those used in...

Every fire ax I've seen (at least those used in the US) has a spike opposite the blade, not a flat poll. Also they are full sized, the length of a woodsman's felling ax, they are not small for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th December 2019, 05:46 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 11,412
Posted By Philip
Linseed is the old standby for wood, not leather....

Linseed is the old standby for wood, not leather. For the latter, mink oil is highly recommended and I’ve followed that. advice for years with excellent results. It has a soft waxy texture not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th December 2019, 09:26 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 11,412
Posted By Philip
nose butter

One of my old hunting buddies in Hawaii used to squeeze some body oil from the outside of his nose and rub it on his carbon steel knife blades to prevent rust. I'm not making this up. In the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2019, 03:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,832
Posted By Philip
I wonder about the reaction of the typical camel...

I wonder about the reaction of the typical camel to any one of those guns being discharged above its head. I've read somewhere that it takes a bit of training to accustom a cavalry horse to the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2019, 09:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,205
Posted By Philip
artistic license

Charming period illustrations of Ottoman Janissaries. Elements such as clothing, especially headgear, are pretty true-to-form but anyone who has examined surviving armament from the place and time...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2019, 09:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,624
Posted By Philip
tracking -- subject to human fallacies

It may very well be true. However, the tracking system depends on the handlers of the mail (whether they may be working for customs or the post), scanning the parcel into the system as it moves en...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd November 2019, 05:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,119
Posted By Philip
The name is Pérez, but I can find no listing for...

The name is Pérez, but I can find no listing for that surname in the directories of Spanish makers in the Neal and Lavin books, which admittedly are not encyclopedic as these were pioneering efforts...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2019, 04:23 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,453
Posted By Philip
Southern catter hilts are often a tad cramped,...

Southern catter hilts are often a tad cramped, the peoples of the deep south are mostly of Dravidian stock and are of smaller stature than northerners. They sure were great metalworkers, though. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2019, 04:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,624
Posted By Philip
Are you sure the delay, in this case, is with US...

Are you sure the delay, in this case, is with US Customs and not the US postal system itself? In my experience, there have been frequent delays with parcels arriving from Europe or Israel, which...
Forum: European Armoury 31st October 2019, 04:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,186
Posted By Philip
Fernando, did you notice that letters like the C...

Fernando, did you notice that letters like the C and the L are formed with serifs at the ends of the strokes (the E has dots terminating them), where as those V marks lack them and for this reason...
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