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Forum: European Armoury 24th August 2015, 07:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 787
Posted By Jim McDougall
I think this is a remarkably fascinating aspect...

I think this is a remarkably fascinating aspect of these medieval swords, from the earliest inscriptions and inlaid names etc of earlier examples to the later copies and commemorative style...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd August 2015, 12:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 851
Posted By Jim McDougall
You are most welcome Chris! The muddy waters...

You are most welcome Chris!
The muddy waters analogy is well understood, as someone who has splashed around in them for more decades than can be defined :) I still am trying to learn. The pure joy...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd August 2015, 03:10 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 851
Posted By Jim McDougall
An excellent question Chris! Actually the...

An excellent question Chris!
Actually the 'Rajasthani' designation is a bit cavalier in my view, when attempting to classify these outstanding examples of Indian 'dhal' (shield).
However, in degree...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st August 2015, 09:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 613
Posted By Jim McDougall
Maurice thank you so much for the courteous and...

Maurice thank you so much for the courteous and informative reply, as well as noting reference. I have noticed over time that you have significant knowledge and exposure to these and a number of...
Forum: European Armoury 21st August 2015, 04:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 205
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you so much Ulfberth!!! It looks like...

Thank you so much Ulfberth!!!
It looks like Glen's remarkable instincts were well placed as always :) in his presumption of Netherlands. I based my 'French Connection' solely on my recollections of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st August 2015, 03:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 344
Posted By Jim McDougall
Outstanding assessment by Gav!!!! As I looked at...

Outstanding assessment by Gav!!!!
As I looked at this interesting sword I realized how very little I knew of the Vietnamese sword spectrum. The term 'Tonkin' of course was to me mindful of that part...
Forum: European Armoury 21st August 2015, 01:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 205
Posted By Jim McDougall
While I don't have the standard French references...

While I don't have the standard French references as to pattern etc. it would appear this is indeed French. The inscriptions and exotic motif on the blade are what is termed the 'Caissagnard'...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th August 2015, 09:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 269
Posted By Jim McDougall
Absolutely fascinating entry, and on an...

Absolutely fascinating entry, and on an incredibly esoteric field...Easter Island!

Who better to respond with such pertinent detail and examples than Vandoo!!! Thank you Barry, wonderful examples...
Forum: European Armoury 20th August 2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 200
Posted By Jim McDougall
Ideally yes Nando, however as we know, many...

Ideally yes Nando,
however as we know, many times various forms and weaponry in general transcend hard line limits or boundaries. Often patterns and obsolete or dated arms will become ersatz weapons...
Forum: European Armoury 19th August 2015, 08:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 200
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you for the response and detail on the...

Thank you for the response and detail on the M1902, now that I see it I can remember somewhat. It seems these U.S. swords are seldom seen or discussed around here, so it is great to have this input....
Forum: European Armoury 19th August 2015, 07:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 200
Posted By Jim McDougall
Glen, as always the spectrum and range of your...

Glen, as always the spectrum and range of your knowledge on these often esoteric topics is phenomenal!
Thanks for always popping in with these fantastic notes!!!
I'm having a hard time thinking of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th August 2015, 06:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 725
Posted By Jim McDougall
Actually these fascinating sabres with this...

Actually these fascinating sabres with this characteristic type hilt and the guard system with downturned quillons are of an apparently broadly represented form which are from 'Arab' regions and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th August 2015, 04:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 613
Posted By Jim McDougall
Ian, thank you so much for your well reasoned and...

Ian, thank you so much for your well reasoned and perfectly explained observations on the distinctive and ever curious features of these swords. What you note on the inlay and the later decorative...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th August 2015, 04:30 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,173
Posted By Jim McDougall
It seems to be that this discussion has of course...

It seems to be that this discussion has of course been pretty well covered over the years, and most of the idea of forefinger curled over guard is in my view a mostly 'westernized' assumption quite...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th August 2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 613
Posted By Jim McDougall
While my knowledge on these and many of the...

While my knowledge on these and many of the Indonesian, SE Asian forms is admittedly quite limited, from discussions over the years here, it seems that the concept of 'notching' signifying some sort...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2015, 04:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 538
Posted By Jim McDougall
This thread has been moved to the European...

This thread has been moved to the European section in hopes of more exposure to its clear European origin and furthering investigation and discussion of the inscriptions on the blade, and others in...
Forum: European Armoury 9th August 2015, 04:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 787
Posted By Jim McDougall
This was a good move to bring this thread and the...

This was a good move to bring this thread and the concurrent thread titled 'odd sword' to the European forum given the subject matter, which decidedly focuses on these European blades and their...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th August 2015, 03:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 538
Posted By Jim McDougall
thanks

thanks
Forum: European Armoury 8th August 2015, 03:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 787
Posted By Jim McDougall
thanks

thanks
Forum: European Armoury 8th August 2015, 02:05 AM
Replies: 424
Views: 87,555
Posted By Jim McDougall
R.I.P. Michael -forever Matchlock

Just bumped this thread he was so proud of.
Forum: European Armoury 7th August 2015, 09:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,006
Posted By Jim McDougall
Yesterday, as I knew Michael would be formally...

Yesterday, as I knew Michael would be formally placed in his final resting place, I thought of and remembered him, and all the many talks we had.
He loved this forum, and was so proud of being part...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 7th August 2015, 04:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 470
Posted By Jim McDougall
Fantastic art Rick!!! There really is nothing...

Fantastic art Rick!!!
There really is nothing like these exciting maritime themes!!!

I always liked the term 'corsairs' :) immediately sounds thrilling, fast and formidable (a perfect name for the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th August 2015, 03:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 282
Posted By Jim McDougall
Well noted, and indeed references like David...

Well noted, and indeed references like David Harding's four volume work on arms of the East India Company, are now priced completely out of reach of the average collector! The same is true of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th August 2015, 03:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 538
Posted By Jim McDougall
Lee, it is wonderful to have you posting on this,...

Lee, it is wonderful to have you posting on this, and of course most appropriate to have you here on this topic!!!

At first I thought this Smithsonian reference was to the Witham swords, which...
Forum: European Armoury 7th August 2015, 03:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 787
Posted By Jim McDougall
Lee, it is wonderful to have you posting on this,...

Lee, it is wonderful to have you posting on this, and of course most appropriate to have you here on this topic!!!

At first I thought this Smithsonian reference was to the Witham swords, which...
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