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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th April 2014, 01:43 PM
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Posted By ALEX
The blade could be something similar to this....

The blade could be something similar to this. This one is not bayonet's, could be a spear, alam or something similar. I've seen another Ottoman dagger with a huge ivory handle and short 4-edged blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th April 2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,399
Posted By ALEX
I tend to agree, it is likely a bayonet blade....

I tend to agree, it is likely a bayonet blade. it's an old marriage though. the gold was added to make it more decorative
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st April 2014, 03:44 PM
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Views: 1,399
Posted By ALEX
I'd advise not to add anything, and leave it as...

I'd advise not to add anything, and leave it as is. There's not much to base the restoration on and it's better not to disturb it's character and to leave it untouched).
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st April 2014, 02:31 PM
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Views: 1,399
Posted By ALEX
both handle and blade are of substantial age, so...

both handle and blade are of substantial age, so could be original or of same period. The handle had some sort of attachment in the past, so this made me think it was lost and blade added later.....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st April 2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,399
Posted By ALEX
It is Ottoman. Could be a marriage of Court...

It is Ottoman. Could be a marriage of Court dagger handle and a Hancer dagger blade. the handle could be retrofitted for crossguard or bolster, and the blade yet another later addition. it is of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st April 2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 572
Posted By ALEX
Both are Ottoman, most likely Balkan/Albanian. I...

Both are Ottoman, most likely Balkan/Albanian. I also see what can be wootz pattern on one with ivory hilt. Nice attic find)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 669
Posted By ALEX
Read about Durbar Here...

Read about Durbar Here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durbar_(court))
In terms of dating, it is impossible to be sure without date inscription or maker/date mark. It is always an educated guess. Mine...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2014, 03:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 669
Posted By ALEX
Dana's blade is undoubtedly tulwar. It has all...

Dana's blade is undoubtedly tulwar. It has all tulwar features including a signature ricasso. The blades shown on Stone's and second on OA site - could be Indian shamshirs' if there are no ricassos,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 669
Posted By ALEX
Good comments, Jens. Please allow me to come to...

Good comments, Jens. Please allow me to come to Paolo's rescue, and also Stone's :)
There are known Persian (or Indo-Persian) chiseled shamshirs. One of them can be seen
Here...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 783
Posted By ALEX
Here is another Mughal sword with Latin crest. It...

Here is another Mughal sword with Latin crest. It is not of same provenance, but I think of the same British Raj concept. What's interesting here is that the blade has similar cartouches on both...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th March 2014, 10:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,029
Posted By ALEX
I totally agree, the fittings are of high...

I totally agree, the fittings are of high quality, and properly made. The cartouche is also of higher than average quality (compare to more recent work shown above). Overall, it is a quality sword, a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th March 2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,029
Posted By ALEX
I think it is neither brand new nor repro being...

I think it is neither brand new nor repro being made yesterday. However, the cartouches remind me of late Indian made. Attached below are late 20th Century cartouches on contemporary blades. The hilt...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th March 2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 669
Posted By ALEX
This is undoubtedly an Indian tulwar with hand...

This is undoubtedly an Indian tulwar with hand chiseled blade. Sometimes it is called "hunting" because it shows hunting scenes. You're right, the hilt is decorated in coftgari. The similar sword you...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 673
Posted By ALEX
Do not put the sticky tape directly on coftgari,...

Do not put the sticky tape directly on coftgari, it may lift it off the blade and you do not want this to happen. Use a thin layer between the tape and coftgari for protection.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd March 2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,000
Posted By ALEX
Burak, one simply cannot call this sword a...

Burak, one simply cannot call this sword a replica. It is most certainly not, just as Kapalicarsi is full of anything like this :) The blade is at least 19th Century, potentially earlier. The handle,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st March 2014, 06:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 857
Posted By ALEX
One of Arabic translations of wootz, i.e. Jawhar...

One of Arabic translations of wootz, i.e. Jawhar is... diamond(s). So technically, we got it right :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 857
Posted By ALEX
Actually, this IS bling ) Wonderful wootz kard,...

Actually, this IS bling )
Wonderful wootz kard, Charles. Congrats!
Here is another, all wotz kard. The scabbard is new of-course)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th March 2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,000
Posted By ALEX
I do not see anything related to Afganistan. Why...

I do not see anything related to Afganistan. Why do you think it came from there? Also, it is of typical Turkish kilic form. The coftgari could've beeen done elsewhere, but what do you mean it is not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th March 2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 523
Posted By ALEX
This is just a resin applied to seal the gap...

This is just a resin applied to seal the gap where the old resin crumbled out. Someone filled it with colored resin or paste, not really proper material for this.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th March 2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 523
Posted By ALEX
This is a Persian Khandjar, or Jambiya. 19th...

This is a Persian Khandjar, or Jambiya. 19th Century Qajar period. The handle and scabbard are chiseled steel, the blade could be damascus steel (but I doubt it). The inscriptions are most likely...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th March 2014, 05:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 626
Posted By ALEX
A general question - are "tugras" like...

A general question - are "tugras" like this on similar yataghans actually of the ruling Sultan? The silver proof marks were, but the coftgaried or inlaid inscriptions on the blades were in my opinion...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th March 2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,000
Posted By ALEX
Dave, the book is readily available. Make sure to...

Dave, the book is readily available. Make sure to get English version. It covers mainly modern mechanical damask, and has a chapter on wootz. it's a nice book overall and you can get it quite cheap...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th March 2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 661
Posted By ALEX
The year is 1326 A.H. = 1908 A.D. (depending on...

The year is 1326 A.H. = 1908 A.D. (depending on calculation system used).
The wheel is a "wheel of life" - quite predominant element in Islamic art.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th March 2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,000
Posted By ALEX
Dave, you're right. There are many variations of...

Dave, you're right. There are many variations of wootz. I like Anossov's classification (in Manfred Sachse "Damascus Steel" book p.72). He set 5 categories:
1. Stripy/Simple damask (sham) -...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th March 2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 661
Posted By ALEX
Charles, see this POST...

Charles, see this POST (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showpost.php?p=91133&postcount=8). The last 2 pictures show a typical silver case from Van, Turkey, and Turkish scabbard (likely also made in...
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