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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th January 2021, 04:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 558
Posted By ariel
Not ivory for sure. If it passed the hot wire...

Not ivory for sure. If it passed the hot wire test, it is going to be bone: camel, buffalo ( not cow, we are talking about India:-), horse. Even elephant or hippo.

I am now reading “Career of evil”...
Forum: European Armoury 7th January 2021, 04:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 662
Posted By ariel
It is not so much a matter of corrosion of the...

It is not so much a matter of corrosion of the silver and gold: it is the matter of rusted steel.

With this (fully expected) condition of the blade, the channels into which the wire is hammered get...
Forum: European Armoury 7th January 2021, 04:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 356
Posted By ariel
Well, if it fails during the sword fight, the...

Well, if it fails during the sword fight, the owner wold be unlikely to go to the maker for a refund.
Forum: European Armoury 7th January 2021, 04:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 362
Posted By ariel
I have a sword of General Pavel Liprandi, who was...

I have a sword of General Pavel Liprandi, who was a commander of Russian forces at Balaclava.
He came to inspect the just captured Turkish battery and happened to witness the entire charge of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2021, 03:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 558
Posted By ariel
It has an almost “ plastic” unifortmity. I would...

It has an almost “ plastic” unifortmity.
I would do a hot needle test just to be sure.
The upper left corner in the second pic from the bottom seems to show some burnt areas.
Forum: European Armoury 7th January 2021, 03:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 662
Posted By ariel
I am surprised at the intactness of inlay on the...

I am surprised at the intactness of inlay on the background of rather deep rust and cavitation.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2021, 02:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 893
Posted By ariel
I might have added Persia, but reconsidered. The...

I might have added Persia, but reconsidered.
The only Persian feature here is the blade ( likely). It might have been forged in India, Afghanistan or locally, in Sindh. Itinerant bladesmiths were...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th January 2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 893
Posted By ariel
My best guess it dates to the 19th...

My best guess it dates to the 19th century.
History of Balochistan is complex. Balochistan belonged to Afghanistan, but eastern Balochistan was captured by Nader Shah and became part of Iran. After...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 893
Posted By ariel
Kronkew, I think Santa tried to get in and leave...

Kronkew,
I think Santa tried to get in and leave something very good for you, but Poppy wanted to lick him to death. But he is not into dogs, only the reindeer. So he left.

Our mini-schnauzer Snoopy...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2021, 06:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 893
Posted By ariel
[QUOTE=Kubur]AMA ZING sword Ariel, TOP quality,...

[QUOTE=Kubur]AMA ZING sword Ariel, TOP quality, I'm even surprised that there is no Balutch attached to it...

Here it's what you get if you have a fireplace...

:)[/
Thanks.

Actually, there was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2021, 05:08 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 893
Posted By ariel
Is it because you have a gas fireplace?

Is it because you have a gas fireplace?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2021, 12:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,096
Posted By ariel
Had it been inscribed with the name of Shah...

Had it been inscribed with the name of Shah Jahan , we could have been rightfully skeptical.
But Rup Singh? Some functionary so minor, that nobody even knows his name or place on the totem...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2021, 11:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 893
Posted By ariel
That’s because you were a Bad Boy. ( Pause) But...

That’s because you were a Bad Boy.

( Pause)

But bad boys always win girls ....
( sniff, sniff)...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2021, 07:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,096
Posted By ariel
Jens' translation clearly states that the sword...

Jens' translation clearly states that the sword DID NOT belong to Shri Baldevji.
See:
"Shri Baldevji Sahay Rup Singh Sangawat Samb(v)at 1911.
Shri Baldevji is the Deva to whom obseience is paid....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2021, 06:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 893
Posted By ariel
No, not to myself. It was found in the morning ...

No, not to myself.
It was found in the morning of January 1, on the floor near the fireplace.
I am still not sure how it got there
:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd January 2021, 06:38 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 16,730
Posted By ariel
I suspect that the so-called " low-end"...

I suspect that the so-called " low-end" examples were the real battle one. The ones with handles of exotic materiels and with artistically carved fragile handles likely never saw a real fight.

...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd January 2021, 06:31 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 16,730
Posted By ariel
Burst of activity in January 2012, them...

Burst of activity in January 2012, them self-extinguishing dribbling up to 2014. Than silence until today. And... B-a-aahm! Another wave ( like covid).
I love how this Forum works: nothing is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd January 2021, 05:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 893
Posted By ariel
I continue for a while. How would we date it? My...

I continue for a while.
How would we date it? My guess 19th century, but Kwiatek can be able to fish out additional info from the stamp.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd January 2021, 05:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 893
Posted By ariel
Baluchistan/Omani shamshir

I haven't posted anything new in a while.
So, gentlemen ( and ladies, if Tatiana drops by), here is my new baby.
We have discussed them briefly in the past, and our discussions had a range of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th December 2020, 12:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,015
Posted By ariel
Scabbard decor is purely NW Africa. Brass points...

Scabbard decor is purely NW Africa. Brass points to the same areal.
Had it been bronze, Dahomey ( Benin) might have been considered: Benin bronze was and is famous.

But how do we distinguish bronze...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd December 2020, 02:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,008
Posted By ariel
Before X-Mas and well before New Year there is a...

Before X-Mas and well before New Year there is a forgotten or ignored date: December 21.

It is the day of winter solstice, the shortest day of a year. Today, day after that, the day is a fraction...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2020, 05:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 662
Posted By ariel
Quite often, they are a marriage of an old blade...

Quite often, they are a marriage of an old blade and a new garish handle or vice versa.
India is still full of old junk and,- occasionally,- old masterpieces.
Just now, a combination sword with a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th December 2020, 03:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 653
Posted By ariel
Elgood, in his Jodhpur 2-volume book, shows quite...

Elgood, in his Jodhpur 2-volume book, shows quite a bit of khandas and Khanda blade.
There are straight Khandas and curved Khandas, with and without edge-located strengthening plate, with and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th December 2020, 01:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,043
Posted By ariel
Jim, The origin of the trilobate “ Karabela”...

Jim,

The origin of the trilobate “ Karabela” pommel was attributed to Shah Abbas (1571-1629) who patterned it from the configuration of windows of the mosque in a holy city of Karbala. That was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th December 2020, 12:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,043
Posted By ariel
Marius, Japanese blades were forged from two...

Marius,

Japanese blades were forged from two kinds of steel and were true pattern-welded.
First, by a tatara process they got a bloom, crushed it and the smith separated high-carbon from low-...
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