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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd August 2019, 07:55 AM
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Posted By Iain
An interesting piece, as Ed has alluded to this...

An interesting piece, as Ed has alluded to this is very much a collection if differing elements.

The hilt style is found on daggers in areas like Dongola and Kordafan. The silver is a reused...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2019, 09:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 493
Posted By Iain
You will find some rust under the dark patches...

You will find some rust under the dark patches for sure. By the way Edster is the author of the article series on kaskara. I agree with the dating.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th July 2019, 10:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 665
Posted By Iain
The others have summed this up quite well, almost...

The others have summed this up quite well, almost certainly a northern Italian blade of the late 16th century.

I think this likely had a guard at some point, however it still remains one of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2019, 05:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 599
Posted By Iain
Depending on the geometry and steel quality it...

Depending on the geometry and steel quality it would certainly be a possibility. These older blades generally have a very gentle lenticular cross section after the fuller, newer ones new seem to be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th July 2019, 04:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 599
Posted By Iain
The hilt I'm confident is 18 or early 19th...

The hilt I'm confident is 18 or early 19th century work.

The blade likely came into the North African Ottoman sphere very early via alexandria. I would guess in the 16th century where it remained....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th July 2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 599
Posted By Iain
Nice takouba with 16th century blade

This was acquired for a friend, so I have been documenting it. Nothing we haven't discussed before, but a very nice blade with running wolf and cross and orb with original latten corresponding to the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st July 2019, 11:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 979
Posted By Iain
Agreed, I have always thought these were poured,...

Agreed, I have always thought these were poured, rather than using the latten method.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st July 2019, 09:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 979
Posted By Iain
There is no doubt in my mind the marks were...

There is no doubt in my mind the marks were applied within Germany. Keep in mind that we are talking about a process which involved a lot of manual labor still, marks were not invariably struck to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th June 2019, 01:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 979
Posted By Iain
Yes, its a genuine Kull, the copper fills I think...

Yes, its a genuine Kull, the copper fills I think were done locally as I've seen the same blade in takouba mounts without the fills but usually kaskara have them.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th May 2019, 11:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,019
Posted By Iain
Hi Jim, one of the struggles I find is that a...

Hi Jim, one of the struggles I find is that a small set of examples with certain features is always the most well known, usually the ones publically exhibited. This leads to a case of naturally being...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th May 2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,019
Posted By Iain
Hi Jim, This mark is rather obscure to have been...

Hi Jim,

This mark is rather obscure to have been an attempt to raise value in my opinion. The volumes of blades marked in this manner I think would have been very low. Disregarding the 'cross & orb'...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2019, 03:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,019
Posted By Iain
Hi Jim, based on my experience this definitely is...

Hi Jim, based on my experience this definitely is not locally applied and is consistent with European engraving. Of course I could be wrong! But I would be very surprised!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2019, 04:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,019
Posted By Iain
Hi Teodor, Something in that range seems very...

Hi Teodor,

Something in that range seems very likely, at least 16th id say. I'm not aware of the motif cropping up as a blade mark after.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,019
Posted By Iain
Interesting takouba with encircled cross mark

This is going to a good friend, but I managed to take a few pics today. While the hilt is a nice Hausa or Nupe brass one, with very complete scabbard and 19th century, the blade is the special part,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2019, 09:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 975
Posted By Iain
All look African to me, the larger one is maybe...

All look African to me, the larger one is maybe from Cameroon. See http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=16932
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th May 2019, 08:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 915
Posted By Iain
The longer piece has a cut down European blade....

The longer piece has a cut down European blade. It's a form I've seen several times. The exact same blade can be seen here: http://takouba.org/catalog/index.php/blades/two-fullers/takouba-05
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th April 2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,713
Posted By Iain
The etching on the blade is consistent with a...

The etching on the blade is consistent with a European trade blade, these were popular astral themes on European blades, the blade is very likely to be 18th century and I think the opposite of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th April 2019, 07:53 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,763
Posted By Iain
Jim and Ibrahiim, As you are both making much...

Jim and Ibrahiim,

As you are both making much the same argument I'll respond jointly.I don't want to reopen the question of the Omani swords and their purpose, I think there's been plenty of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th April 2019, 05:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,416
Posted By Iain
To be honest Jim, the source I found referenced...

To be honest Jim, the source I found referenced the term in regards to vocabulary of the kitchen like forks and knives!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th April 2019, 02:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,416
Posted By Iain
The etymological source of the term wasn't given...

The etymological source of the term wasn't given in the reference I found, which was examining Algerian as modern language incorporating both Berber and Arabic and basing the term on the French...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th April 2019, 07:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,416
Posted By Iain
Khodmi is a word simply meaning knife in Algerian...

Khodmi is a word simply meaning knife in Algerian Arabic. Afraid there's nothing really more too it. :)

See "A Sociolinguistic Comparison Between Algerian and Maltese" by Nassima Kerras, PhD and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th April 2019, 07:06 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,763
Posted By Iain
Hi Jim, I think we are still misunderstanding...

Hi Jim,

I think we are still misunderstanding each other a little on this topic.

My point is not that so called parade or status weapons (usually highly embellished) can also serve as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th April 2019, 07:07 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,763
Posted By Iain
As my own website has been referenced I will...

As my own website has been referenced I will respond. Firstly, the question asked has several flaws.

1. The takouba is not exclusive to the Tuareg

2. It does not originate with the Tuareg

3....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th April 2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,763
Posted By Iain
The routes operated a little differently, hajj...

The routes operated a little differently, hajj caravans were organized from key cities such as Kano. This is more of a late 18th and early 19th century phenomenon. Prior to this typically a hajj was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd April 2019, 08:39 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,763
Posted By Iain
Agree completely Ed, completely different spheres...

Agree completely Ed, completely different spheres here with really no interaction. As per the last time this came up, I really cannot see why it is so hard to conceive that two different cultures...
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