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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 05:41 AM
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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th July 2018, 06:19 PM
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Posted By Philip
Muchas gracias, Carlos! Nice quality material,...

Muchas gracias, Carlos! Nice quality material, well-displayed. Has the museum published a comprehensive catalog?

Hope you took pics of the best of the Spanish and European arms and armor too. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th July 2018, 06:10 PM
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Posted By Philip
It may be in groady-toady condition but if the...

It may be in groady-toady condition but if the barrel is structurally sound with a tight breechplug and good bore (from the outside it looks in better shape than the lock) it might be fun to carve a...
Forum: European Armoury 15th July 2018, 06:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 337
Posted By Philip
A beaut with interesting transitional features

Dana, I can sense that you were reluctant to pack and send this one off!

Bernal Calafell is listed in Der Neue Stöckel as being active ca. 1692-1703. His career coincided with the point at which...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd July 2018, 07:16 PM
Replies: 33
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Posted By Philip
Smile something to crow about

CONGRATS, RICK !! This is as close to being an out-and-out "screamer" as they come. I like the exceptional work on the lock, and the precision of decoration on substantial fittings. Welcome relief...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th May 2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,043
Posted By Philip
I had a conversation about these years ago with...

I had a conversation about these years ago with Thom Richardson of the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds. When I pointed out that I have encountered a great number of these over the years in sets...
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,417
Posted By Philip
Obrigado, Nando, pelas fotos! This is all news...

Obrigado, Nando, pelas fotos! This is all news to me -- I am familiar with the details of this tragic expedition but the books I read do not mention the "talismanic" role of royal swords! Where...
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2018, 04:13 AM
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Views: 10,417
Posted By Philip
So he's Denmark's counterpart to Friedrich...

So he's Denmark's counterpart to Friedrich Barbarossa? Or perhaps to Portugal's King Sebastião, whom it is believed did not actually die on the battlefield fighting the Moors in Morocco in 1578,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th February 2018, 05:46 PM
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Views: 3,437
Posted By Philip
Air space in a chamber or barrel can created...

Air space in a chamber or barrel can created dangerous pressures no matter what the breech configuration or powder requirements of a firearm are. I've had a lot of experience handloading cartridges...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd February 2018, 10:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,020
Posted By Philip
so what's work?

So true, Bob. Profound thinkers have said it so eloquently:

"Work is the curse of the drinking classes"

"The worst day fishing beats the best day at work"
Forum: European Armoury 28th January 2018, 04:43 PM
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Views: 1,104
Posted By Philip
Thanks, Fernando, for clarifying with the...

Thanks, Fernando, for clarifying with the complete phrase.
Forum: European Armoury 28th January 2018, 04:40 PM
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Posted By Philip
The popular use of religious/patriotic slogans in...

The popular use of religious/patriotic slogans in Latin on sword blades predates the 19th cent. revival. You see this going all the way back into the 17th cent.

As has been pointed out in previous...
Forum: European Armoury 28th January 2018, 05:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,104
Posted By Philip
Say, wouldn't your English version be VICTORIA...

Say, wouldn't your English version be VICTORIA HUNGARIAE MEAE?

A Polish saber in my collection is inscribed VINCERE AUT MORI and I've seen others with the same inscription including the country...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th January 2018, 04:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,556
Posted By Philip
The inscription, badly spelled, should read...

The inscription, badly spelled, should read VINCERE AUT MORI HUNGARIA -- conquer or die for Hungary. It was frequently used on northern and eastern European blades of the 17th and 18th cents. --...
Forum: European Armoury 17th January 2018, 03:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 885
Posted By Philip
functionality of scythes

A scythe blade has to be thin to be able to mow hay and grass efficiently; I've used them on occasion for this job and light weight is a virtue when you have to swing it for hours on end. The...
Forum: European Armoury 17th January 2018, 07:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 704
Posted By Philip
This saying, along with "pro Christo et...

This saying, along with "pro Christo et Patria" and "Vincere aut mori" are also on the blade of the Polish saber I referenced above.

It is likely that the style of decoration was widely copied by...
Forum: European Armoury 17th January 2018, 06:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 885
Posted By Philip
have you read this...

This has the potential of growing into an interesting discussion of the evolution of agricultural into military implements, a reversal of the "beating...spears into pruning hooks" process. Looking...
Forum: European Armoury 17th January 2018, 05:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 885
Posted By Philip
etymology

Somewhere along the way, I was led to believe that the term machaira was Greek and it referred to some sort of short sword, perhaps a version of the kopis ? The term falchion does seem to have...
Forum: European Armoury 17th January 2018, 05:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 704
Posted By Philip
The blade could well be 17th cent. I have in my...

The blade could well be 17th cent. I have in my collection a Polish saber (ex-Salm-Reifferscheidt zu Schloss Dyck, E.36, dated mid-17th cent. per the Ehrenthal catalogue) with very similar motifs,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th January 2018, 04:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,354
Posted By Philip
I agree. The pattern on each side does reveal a...

I agree. The pattern on each side does reveal a twisted structure, but to be twist-CORE, this structure would have to go the entire thickness of the blade, with the edges being "stack"-welded to the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2018, 09:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,354
Posted By Philip
the "natural" look

Robert Cato, in his book Moro Swords (1996), states:
"Blades that are still found in the Philippines are often dusky in appearance, not bright. They frequently exhibit some form of patterning on the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2018, 08:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,160
Posted By Philip
Judging from photos taken at the close of the...

Judging from photos taken at the close of the 19th cent. until the 1930s, these short jian were not typically part of these street mountebanks' and brawlers' kit. Most often seen in these images are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2018, 01:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,160
Posted By Philip
By and large, these wee indeed decorative, mostly...

By and large, these wee indeed decorative, mostly made for the curio trade. But once in awhile you get a rather nice much older blade in these rather late fittings (the style of the FITTINGS can be...
Forum: European Armoury 12th January 2018, 05:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,593
Posted By Philip
side-by-side comparison

Just discovered this illustration in Alarico Gattia's Fucili e Pistole (Milan, Rizzoli Editore, 1968, p 40. Three versions of the lock commonly known to collectors as "miquelet" are shown. On the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th January 2018, 10:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,029
Posted By Philip
Italian origin of this style of Omani barrel?

Here's an image of two barrels in the Museo di Artiglieria in Turin, both made for guns originally fitted with matchlocks, 16th cent. similar 3-stage format with fluted ends, faceted or round...
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