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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 05:12 PM
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Posted By TVV
Great to see you here again Zifir, hope you are...

Great to see you here again Zifir, hope you are doing well.

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 01:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 160
Posted By TVV
Looks like the scabbard chape of a jambiya from...

Looks like the scabbard chape of a jambiya from Southern Yemen. A search for "gusbi" in the forum should produce some results for comparison.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th August 2020, 05:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 461
Posted By TVV
Here is a picture, courtesy of Tatiana Dianova,...

Here is a picture, courtesy of Tatiana Dianova, from the Turkish room in Dresden. The problem with the Dresden collection is that not all of it originates from items captures during the Second Siege...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th August 2020, 04:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 461
Posted By TVV
There are multiple yataghans from the 19th...

There are multiple yataghans from the 19th century that carry earlier dates to the 16th and 17th centuries. Why, I am not sure: maybe it was a reference to some date of importance to the owner or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2020, 10:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 931
Posted By TVV
Both are Algerian. There are multiple threads on...

Both are Algerian. There are multiple threads on the issue, but it generally appears that the flyssa originated from the yataghan. I have one that has retained many yataghan features, but shorter...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2020, 04:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,309
Posted By TVV
I think it is from Asia Minor, though I suspect...

I think it is from Asia Minor, though I suspect the ears were relatively small as opposed to the large T-shaped hilts usually associated with zeybeks.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th July 2020, 06:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,309
Posted By TVV
On this one you can clearly see the layers of...

On this one you can clearly see the layers of Turkish ribbon (twistcore) in the blade. It is worth carefully etching to bring the pattern contrast out.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th July 2020, 06:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,292
Posted By TVV
These yataghans do indeed come with Zeybek hilts...

These yataghans do indeed come with Zeybek hilts often. Have you tried etching the blades, as usually there are rows of Turkish Ribbon on this type?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th July 2020, 05:52 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 20,906
Posted By TVV
I personally think things are much more complex...

I personally think things are much more complex than that, and everyone is correct, at least to a degree.

The Muslim religion does not specifically forbid images of living things, but idolatry. Some...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2020, 04:36 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,200
Posted By TVV
At this point I do not think anyone is disputing...

At this point I do not think anyone is disputing the Georgian attribution. It is important to know where the arms we discuss originate from, but it is equally important to try to avoid going down a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th June 2020, 04:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 991
Posted By TVV
Nice billao Yvain - from the pictures it is...

Nice billao Yvain - from the pictures it is obvious it is well made. Like other Islamic weapons from Africa there does not seem to be a ton of published information on the billao. You have already...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2020, 04:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,398
Posted By TVV
Here is a link to another thread with Algerian...

Here is a link to another thread with Algerian palas:

www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=12160

Looking at your sword Ariel, I believe it was entirely made in Afghanistan or Northern India. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th June 2020, 07:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,536
Posted By TVV
Stephen Gracie, "Jambiya: Daggers from the...

Stephen Gracie, "Jambiya: Daggers from the Ancient Souks of Yemen"

If you can, get the hardcover copy. A really great book, with a ton of info and great pictures and also very pleasant to read....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th June 2020, 05:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,045
Posted By TVV
Very nice gun, though probably technically not a...

Very nice gun, though probably technically not a rifle. I doubt anyone will be able to translate the markings on the barrel, as they were likely applied in imitation of marks on Italian made barrels.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2020, 03:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 987
Posted By TVV
When we say Greek for a yataghan, we refer to a...

When we say Greek for a yataghan, we refer to a geographic area roughly corresponding to modern Greece. It does not necessarily mean that the yataghan was made or used by an ethnic Greek, just that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th May 2020, 03:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,643
Posted By TVV
Since takoubas are still in use, not as weapons...

Since takoubas are still in use, not as weapons but more as part of male attire, in certain parts of the Sahel, it may have been refitted for someone to wear. Or alternatively, it may have been...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th May 2020, 11:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,643
Posted By TVV
Apart from lacking patina, the fittings seem off...

Apart from lacking patina, the fittings seem off compared to fittings on older takouba. I believe the sword in this thread is a 19th century blade and pommel, with the hilt and scabbard restored more...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th May 2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,643
Posted By TVV
Yvain, While the pommel looks old, the rest of...

Yvain,

While the pommel looks old, the rest of the fittings do not seem to match it in age. Nice takouba, but I do not think you missed out on something unique and amazing.

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st May 2020, 03:50 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,340
Posted By TVV
You call it Illyrian, I call it Thracian, someone...

You call it Illyrian, I call it Thracian, someone in Romania would probably call it Dacian...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st May 2020, 03:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,080
Posted By TVV
What can we say other than that it this is a high...

What can we say other than that it this is a high quality, older (looks like it is dated to the end of the 19th/start of the 20th century) koummaya with what looks like a rhino horn hilt. You have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th May 2020, 05:24 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,340
Posted By TVV
If we adopt Yasar's attribution logic, then Sami...

If we adopt Yasar's attribution logic, then Sami knives and kindjals made in Tbilisi in the 19th century are both Russian (or Romanov, if you wish), as those were all made in the Russian Empire. It...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th May 2020, 06:56 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,340
Posted By TVV
Maybe you need a Turkish forum, where the other...

Maybe you need a Turkish forum, where the other members will agree with labeling everything from the Atlantic to the Pacific as Ottoman.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th May 2020, 05:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 16,260
Posted By TVV
Kwiatek, this is very interesting, as place names...

Kwiatek, this is very interesting, as place names on yataghans are extremely rare. Were those referring to the place of manufacture or the place where the owner lived?

Also, what do you mean by...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2020, 03:36 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 16,260
Posted By TVV
Itaca, the dagger with the hilt encased on...

Itaca, the dagger with the hilt encased on brass(second one from your pictures going from the top down) is Bulgarian, there is no doubt about that. It was probably made in Gabrovo, the main knife...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2020, 03:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,194
Posted By TVV
I just checked and could not access the catalogue...

I just checked and could not access the catalogue either.
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