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Forum: Swap Forum 25th August 2014, 07:01 AM
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Posted By Iain
#4 is now sold.

#4 is now sold.
Forum: Swap Forum 24th August 2014, 05:30 PM
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Posted By Iain
#9 is now sold.

#9 is now sold.
Forum: Swap Forum 22nd August 2014, 09:20 AM
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Posted By Iain
#6 and #7 are now sold.

#6 and #7 are now sold.
Forum: Swap Forum 22nd August 2014, 08:59 AM
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Posted By Iain
Many African items for sale

Bit of an end of summer clean out. As usual shipping is from CZ, price depends on number of items, tends to be in the 15-20 EUR range for a standard sized sword within Europe, more to N. America....
Forum: European Armoury 7th August 2014, 06:58 AM
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Views: 1,043
Posted By Iain
Very glad to hear things did not turn out worse....

Very glad to hear things did not turn out worse. It makes me very thankful for the laws surrounding antique firearms in my own country.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st August 2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 301
Posted By Iain
This is a relatively recent Tuareg spear. I have...

This is a relatively recent Tuareg spear. I have mainly seen these in the French markets and they are all 20th century and not representative of the true 'allar' lance I'm afraid. :(
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2014, 01:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 339
Posted By Iain
From what I see in the images nothing needs to be...

From what I see in the images nothing needs to be done to this piece. It is in stable condition. At the most a coating of renaissance wax, or if you prefer, oil for the blade. Otherwise it would be a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th July 2014, 03:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 438
Posted By Iain
Not to derail the thread, but the last spear on...

Not to derail the thread, but the last spear on the right in the book image looks very much like a form common on Somalia. :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st July 2014, 08:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 267
Posted By Iain
Thanks Colin and Lofty for the comments. Colin,...

Thanks Colin and Lofty for the comments.

Colin, I did not clean these beyond a light oiling. From the look of the metal I would surmise a light polishing compound was used at some point. I am...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th July 2014, 01:30 PM
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Views: 316
Posted By Iain
Hi Colin, Usually the brass inserts I've seen...

Hi Colin,

Usually the brass inserts I've seen seem quite obvious and carefully done round dots. This looks a little more like a repair? Perhaps filling in a forging flaw?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th July 2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 267
Posted By Iain
More pics...

More pics...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th July 2014, 09:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 267
Posted By Iain
A little takouba and telek

Just a simple little village grade takouba, probably turn of the century or a bit after. Quite a simple thing with a soft iron blade. An interesting example of native forging.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 316
Posted By Iain
Hi Colin, I'd attribute both to North Nigeria or...

Hi Colin,

I'd attribute both to North Nigeria or Cameroon. The ones I have are similar to the second one you show and the butt cap also reminds me strongly of brass work from that region. Adamawa...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th July 2014, 09:47 AM
Replies: 225
Views: 10,251
Posted By Iain
It really is essential to the timeline and...

It really is essential to the timeline and history of the type as you've presented it I think, to show a flexible example dated to the 19th century. As I said, I have only seen 20th century examples...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th July 2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 225
Views: 10,251
Posted By Iain
The example I'd be interested to see which I...

The example I'd be interested to see which I don't think I have yet in this thread or the other discussions about this type, would be a dated late 18th or early 19th century dance/parade sword. I've...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th July 2014, 06:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 674
Posted By Iain
Indeed, if you see the 4th post in this thread...

Indeed, if you see the 4th post in this thread (http://vikingsword.com/vb/showpost.php?p=171758&postcount=4) I posted the translation of the cartouche which seems to confirm this.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th July 2014, 07:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 193
Posted By Iain
I have often wondered if many of these smaller...

I have often wondered if many of these smaller examples are simply the result of making the weapon in a size that's easier for a visitor to take back with them... Compared to the usual length which...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 674
Posted By Iain
Hi Martin, thanks for the image, I've seen that...

Hi Martin, thanks for the image, I've seen that engraving of the kaskara before but never the full page.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th June 2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 674
Posted By Iain
There don't seem to be many about. The one in...

There don't seem to be many about. The one in Leeds and the one in the MET are the only two off the top of my head I recall seeing... I'd be quite curious to see any others around!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Posted By Iain
Hi Jim, Mauritania is a majority Arabic speaking...

Hi Jim, Mauritania is a majority Arabic speaking country these days, with less of a visible Berber culture from what I understand. :) But I could well be missing many of the intricacies of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2014, 05:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Posted By Iain
Likely not coincidence that there is a...

Likely not coincidence that there is a relationship to Arab daggers since Maqil Arabs from Yemen settled and conquered Mauritania during 1644-75 or so.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2014, 03:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Posted By Iain
many do have the slits. I'll try to dig up a few...

many do have the slits. I'll try to dig up a few when I have more time.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Posted By Iain
See:...

See: http://vikingsword.com/vb/showpost.php?p=161758&postcount=16 and go down a few posts as well. :) Seems to be a combination of bits as you suspect.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 674
Posted By Iain
Hi Ed, Sometimes I have problems with the forum...

Hi Ed,

Sometimes I have problems with the forum software timing out when I post. Also if you try and post quickly in succession it sometimes won't let you. Sounds like just a forum software glitch....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2014, 10:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 674
Posted By Iain
Hi Ed, This is quite the question! But I'll give...

Hi Ed,

This is quite the question! But I'll give you my take on it, which is heavily influenced by my experiences with takouba as well.

Jim and Gav have covered some excellent points...
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