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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 03:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,918
Posted By ariel
I think the handle is a replacement. The metal is...

I think the handle is a replacement. The metal is distinctly different from the scabbard: seems to be either much lower silver content or not silver at all.

Its throat is very peculiar.
I’d like to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 03:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,561
Posted By ariel
It depends on your definition of “...

It depends on your definition of “ deceive”.
Somebody might have made ( or ordered) it for private use as a hunting knife .
Then it went from hands to hands and the original story was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th March 2021, 10:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,561
Posted By ariel
I have a strange feeling about it. The face is...

I have a strange feeling about it.
The face is peculiar, Central Asia was and still is Islamic. Even drawings of human faces are frown upon, but this is a 3-dimensional sculpture. Usually (...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd March 2021, 07:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,561
Posted By ariel
There were famous Bakhmud and Abdalla Tubchiev...

There were famous Bakhmud and Abdalla Tubchiev brothers who went to Central Asian khanates ( Bukhara, I vaguely remember) at the end of 19 century. They worked there as jewelers. In Central Asia...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd March 2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 881
Posted By ariel
Sorry Jim.. This is from “The good, the bad and...

Sorry Jim..
This is from “The good, the bad and the ugly”.
Tuco ( “The ugly”) was taking a bath when his sworn enemy barged in and started loudly telling Tuco why he would be killed in a moment....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd March 2021, 11:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 881
Posted By ariel
Aren’t we overthinking it a bit? Sub-Saharan...

Aren’t we overthinking it a bit?

Sub-Saharan African weapons by and large sacrificed their functionality in favor of “ whimsicality”. I can recall very few examples of truly functional serious...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st March 2021, 10:19 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,963
Posted By ariel
As per Elgood, smooth round corals is a trademark...

As per Elgood, smooth round corals is a trademark of Foca.
Excellent job, Jose!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st March 2021, 10:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 601
Posted By ariel
Hi Marius, Very, very nice! I agree with you: my...

Hi Marius,
Very, very nice!
I agree with you: my first choice would be a remounted older blade; the second a totally old one protected from the elements in some european collection.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th February 2021, 06:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,561
Posted By ariel
Either my eyes betray me, or there is something...

Either my eyes betray me, or there is something strange with the blade.
It has a blunt ricasso, so it could not have been shortened from that end.
But the fuller is very short and does not seem to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th January 2021, 04:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,264
Posted By ariel
Not ivory for sure. If it passed the hot wire...

Not ivory for sure. If it passed the hot wire test, it is going to be bone: camel, buffalo ( not cow, we are talking about India:-), horse. Even elephant or hippo.

I am now reading “Career of evil”...
Forum: European Armoury 7th January 2021, 04:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,428
Posted By ariel
It is not so much a matter of corrosion of the...

It is not so much a matter of corrosion of the silver and gold: it is the matter of rusted steel.

With this (fully expected) condition of the blade, the channels into which the wire is hammered get...
Forum: European Armoury 7th January 2021, 04:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,161
Posted By ariel
Well, if it fails during the sword fight, the...

Well, if it fails during the sword fight, the owner wold be unlikely to go to the maker for a refund.
Forum: European Armoury 7th January 2021, 04:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,620
Posted By ariel
I have a sword of General Pavel Liprandi, who was...

I have a sword of General Pavel Liprandi, who was a commander of Russian forces at Balaclava.
He came to inspect the just captured Turkish battery and happened to witness the entire charge of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2021, 03:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,264
Posted By ariel
It has an almost “ plastic” unifortmity. I would...

It has an almost “ plastic” unifortmity.
I would do a hot needle test just to be sure.
The upper left corner in the second pic from the bottom seems to show some burnt areas.
Forum: European Armoury 7th January 2021, 03:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,428
Posted By ariel
I am surprised at the intactness of inlay on the...

I am surprised at the intactness of inlay on the background of rather deep rust and cavitation.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2021, 02:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,872
Posted By ariel
I might have added Persia, but reconsidered. The...

I might have added Persia, but reconsidered.
The only Persian feature here is the blade ( likely). It might have been forged in India, Afghanistan or locally, in Sindh. Itinerant bladesmiths were...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th January 2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,872
Posted By ariel
My best guess it dates to the 19th...

My best guess it dates to the 19th century.
History of Balochistan is complex. Balochistan belonged to Afghanistan, but eastern Balochistan was captured by Nader Shah and became part of Iran. After...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,872
Posted By ariel
Kronkew, I think Santa tried to get in and leave...

Kronkew,
I think Santa tried to get in and leave something very good for you, but Poppy wanted to lick him to death. But he is not into dogs, only the reindeer. So he left.

Our mini-schnauzer Snoopy...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2021, 06:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,872
Posted By ariel
[QUOTE=Kubur]AMA ZING sword Ariel, TOP quality,...

[QUOTE=Kubur]AMA ZING sword Ariel, TOP quality, I'm even surprised that there is no Balutch attached to it...

Here it's what you get if you have a fireplace...

:)[/
Thanks.

Actually, there was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2021, 05:08 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,872
Posted By ariel
Is it because you have a gas fireplace?

Is it because you have a gas fireplace?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2021, 12:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,774
Posted By ariel
Had it been inscribed with the name of Shah...

Had it been inscribed with the name of Shah Jahan , we could have been rightfully skeptical.
But Rup Singh? Some functionary so minor, that nobody even knows his name or place on the totem...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2021, 11:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,872
Posted By ariel
That’s because you were a Bad Boy. ( Pause) But...

That’s because you were a Bad Boy.

( Pause)

But bad boys always win girls ....
( sniff, sniff)...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2021, 07:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,774
Posted By ariel
Jens' translation clearly states that the sword...

Jens' translation clearly states that the sword DID NOT belong to Shri Baldevji.
See:
"Shri Baldevji Sahay Rup Singh Sangawat Samb(v)at 1911.
Shri Baldevji is the Deva to whom obseience is paid....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2021, 06:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,872
Posted By ariel
No, not to myself. It was found in the morning ...

No, not to myself.
It was found in the morning of January 1, on the floor near the fireplace.
I am still not sure how it got there
:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd January 2021, 06:38 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 18,824
Posted By ariel
I suspect that the so-called " low-end"...

I suspect that the so-called " low-end" examples were the real battle one. The ones with handles of exotic materiels and with artistically carved fragile handles likely never saw a real fight.

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