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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th July 2018, 02:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,467
Posted By Iain
I'm fascinated by the sword on the right in this...

I'm fascinated by the sword on the right in this image. Its almost takouba like in guard construction, including the scabbard fittings. Anyone know where it ended up or have more images?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th May 2018, 06:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,102
Posted By Iain
There were a number of arms dealers who imported...

There were a number of arms dealers who imported large quantities of blades into Abyssinia. Perhaps the most notable being the Terzian family. Usually their name was engraved on these blades. I can't...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd May 2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,499
Posted By Iain
It might have been in takouba mounts but that was...

It might have been in takouba mounts but that was at some point mounted as a kaskara.

Takouba don't use a pin, but a full tang through the pommel.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th April 2018, 07:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 882
Posted By Iain
Nice piece Colin! The overall shape of the hilt...

Nice piece Colin! The overall shape of the hilt reminds me of Hausa daggers. I can't recall seeing an exact match in any references.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2018, 06:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,499
Posted By Iain
I've seen some shortened older blades but these...

I've seen some shortened older blades but these are rare. There are mainly examples of poor quality thuluth blades and period quotations I have posted in the past of these being hawked to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,499
Posted By Iain
Looked shorter for some reason. That's about the...

Looked shorter for some reason. That's about the usual size. :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th April 2018, 12:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,499
Posted By Iain
1970s sounds about right. I'd class it as a...

1970s sounds about right. I'd class it as a tourist object, these shorter examples were to a degree made to be easier to take back for tourists I think.

That's not to say its a bad little sword, its...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st November 2017, 04:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,210
Posted By Iain
The Toma are within the group of Mande peoples. I...

The Toma are within the group of Mande peoples. I agree the hilt seems to be the same as examples of Toma swords. I've seen a Toma sword in Wolf's collection which has a takouba blade. So I think its...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st November 2017, 03:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,377
Posted By Iain
I'd agree. The blade looks to be sheet steel and...

I'd agree. The blade looks to be sheet steel and very crude.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th November 2017, 03:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,210
Posted By Iain
Hi Charles, agree on the dating. Locally made...

Hi Charles, agree on the dating. Locally made blade I would think but hard to say given the amount of polishing on the fullers. Looks quite good quality though.

Scabbard doesn't look 'Tuareg' to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th October 2017, 06:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,095
Posted By Iain
That would require re-tempering the blade and is...

That would require re-tempering the blade and is utterly inconsistent with the characteristics of the blade.

This blade was obviously forged in the shape seen here. A lovely piece Martin, I agree...
Forum: Swap Forum 6th October 2017, 10:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,511
Posted By Iain
Still have these available. A bargain at 125 EUR...

Still have these available. A bargain at 125 EUR including shipping inside the EU.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th October 2017, 10:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 972
Posted By Iain
No problem, I suspect the attribution in the...

No problem, I suspect the attribution in the British museum to that location is simply the point of collection and may not necessarily indicate it is actually made there.

This Beja man is carrying...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th October 2017, 08:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 972
Posted By Iain
Its from Somalia. The faceted socket and shape to...

Its from Somalia. The faceted socket and shape to the head are distinctive....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th October 2017, 10:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,070
Posted By Iain
Very nice piece, looks much older than most...

Very nice piece, looks much older than most daggers I've seen with that style of hilt. The blade shape seems unusual as well?
Forum: Swap Forum 4th October 2017, 09:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 825
Posted By Iain
SOLD

SOLD
Forum: European Armoury 2nd October 2017, 11:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,160
Posted By Iain
The bird depicted on Martin's sword is a grouse...

The bird depicted on Martin's sword is a grouse or very similar game bird. The head and tail are distinctive.
Forum: Swap Forum 2nd October 2017, 12:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 825
Posted By Iain
Lets try 80 EUR.

Lets try 80 EUR.
Forum: Swap Forum 1st October 2017, 10:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 825
Posted By Iain
Masai spear for sale

Nice example with good sharp blade. Breaks down into two pieces for shipping. Some surface rust. Just needs some attention. I've had it sitting around for ages.

100 Eur + shipping (about 25 eur...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2017, 09:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,551
Posted By Iain
A lovely piece, I too have always liked the form...

A lovely piece, I too have always liked the form of these and the wootz blade is quite clearly visible. I'm surprised it is fullered, other wootz blades I have seen in these mounts have been without...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th September 2017, 10:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 841
Posted By Iain
Tough to say, the hilt is usually a large part of...

Tough to say, the hilt is usually a large part of IDing a region for daggers. So that makes it quite a bit harder! I agree it looks like it was made from a file.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2017, 09:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,269
Posted By Iain
At least regarding African spears I highly...

At least regarding African spears I highly recommend Wolf's website: http://www.africanarms.com as a starting point.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th September 2017, 08:45 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 15,377
Posted By Iain
Thanks Teodor, there are another two at least in...

Thanks Teodor, there are another two at least in Germany the Bremen museum (this might be one of them?).

Photo is courtesy of Wolf.

I am not sure where the one from Stone has ended up.

With mine,...
Forum: European Armoury 24th September 2017, 09:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,019
Posted By Iain
Finally there is also the excellent ethnographic...

Finally there is also the excellent ethnographic museum Martin mentioned, Náprstkovo. While this is not a particularly large museum they have regularly changing exhibits. The top floor also has a...
Forum: European Armoury 24th September 2017, 09:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,019
Posted By Iain
Hussite etc.

Hussite etc.
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