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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th March 2020, 09:45 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,308
Posted By motan
Hi Mariusgmioc, I do not disagree with either you...

Hi Mariusgmioc,
I do not disagree with either you or Kubur, but just want to cast doubt on some conventional notions that have little evidence in support and to demonstrate the problem of Ottoman...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th March 2020, 10:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,308
Posted By motan
Hi Kubur, I mostly agree with you. The problem...

Hi Kubur,
I mostly agree with you. The problem starts with the concept of Ottoman weapons. Turkey must have had centers of production, but weapons were made throughout the Ottoman empire, often in...
Forum: European Armoury 15th March 2020, 10:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 595
Posted By motan
Hi, Still no pics. I am not an expert on using...

Hi,
Still no pics. I am not an expert on using this site, but the most common error is trying to download pictures that are too big=too many pixels. After you choose the pictures and press dowload,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th March 2020, 02:21 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,308
Posted By motan
Hi, Interesting to know the provenance. If indeed...

Hi,
Interesting to know the provenance. If indeed Damascus, Syria, it put all the conventional knowledge that this type of dagger is ALBANIAN in doubt.
I personally don't know why we would not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th February 2020, 07:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,028
Posted By motan
What if?

Hi,
I know practically nothing about swords and I respect all the expert opinions on this thread, but still, I want to suggest a different idea.
What if this sword is Syrian/Ottoman in its...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th January 2020, 07:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 877
Posted By motan
Oeps, picture problems again.. I my phone has...

Oeps, picture problems again.. I my phone has more pixels than the previous one, so shrinking to 30% is not enough.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th January 2020, 07:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 877
Posted By motan
Sorry, but I have to agree with G. Mansfield....

Sorry, but I have to agree with G. Mansfield. Some clues tell me it is probably from Syria, but from Damascus, so not from the village of Majdal Shams, where the best and most well-known types were...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2020, 09:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 743
Posted By motan
Hi Kubur and thanks for the interesting...

Hi Kubur and thanks for the interesting information and kind words. Is the dagger in the picture yours? Definitely similar. By looking at the "scars" of the many repairs in my dagger, I can see that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2020, 07:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 743
Posted By motan
2 recent addition to my collection

While I am at it, I thought I'd show 2 very modest additions to my collection.
I collect only within a very specific small niche - daggers from the Levant.

The first one is a very small (9" and a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2020, 06:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 553
Posted By motan
Sorry, something went wrong with uploading. This...

Sorry, something went wrong with uploading. This is the first picture :mad:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2020, 05:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 553
Posted By motan
Red face Some Oceanic stuff from museum

Hi all,
I was walking through the Israel museum in Jerusalem yesterday and came to the section of ethnographic collections. They have a decent African, South American and Oceanic collections. I don't...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st December 2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 873
Posted By motan
Hi, I have not much to add, but I confirm what is...

Hi,
I have not much to add, but I confirm what is already said by Kubur and Mahratt. I have always asked myself whether these Kindjals and many other daggers from Damascus with the same construction...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th October 2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 11,727
Posted By motan
Jerusalem, Israel

First time I see this thread. Nice.
I am an atheist from the holy city of Jerusalem (or Al Quds, if you prefer).
My family came from Hungary and I am married to a Dutch woman. I lived in the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th October 2019, 03:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,170
Posted By motan
Hi, I know the use of a thimble as scabbard tip...

Hi,
I know the use of a thimble as scabbard tip from Syria. Also the use of thin, decorated brass sheet over wooden core in the scabbard and the pattern of decoration could be Syrian. The lobed...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd September 2019, 06:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,254
Posted By motan
Hi, I don't know much about Faca Pontas, so this...

Hi,
I don't know much about Faca Pontas, so this may be a bit off, but has anyone considered it might be a Mauritanian dagger?
Both Brazilian and Mauritanian daggers have a heavy Spanish-Moorish...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2019, 09:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,772
Posted By motan
Hi, I missed this one and arrived when the...

Hi,
I missed this one and arrived when the verdict is already out.
Just a small detail to add. Notice that the shafra in Egerton's illustration has a very different decoration - more like those of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th September 2019, 06:04 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,054
Posted By motan
Hello Mahratt, While I may be suffering from...

Hello Mahratt,
While I may be suffering from post-modernism (I guess that is what you mean), others here suffer from dogmatism and rigidity of thought. I really don't know much about Kaffirs and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th September 2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,054
Posted By motan
My 2 cents: - The knife itself looks true to...

My 2 cents:
- The knife itself looks true to type and old, although sophisticated forgery of the whole knife, as well as later "decoration" can not be totally rejected. We will probably never know....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd September 2019, 11:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,592
Posted By motan
Hi, I am also not an expert on Indo-Persian...

Hi,
I am also not an expert on Indo-Persian weapons, but this looks like a Persian Khanjar from late Qajar period (around 1900). Typical all-steel construction with a hollow hilt. Very similar items...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th August 2019, 12:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,374
Posted By motan
Agree with Broadaxe, unfortunately. Very recent....

Agree with Broadaxe, unfortunately. Very recent. Handles of shibriyas are cow, goat or sheep horn, often completely covered with metal sheet.
In some shibriyas, and especially Palestinian ones,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st August 2019, 08:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 846
Posted By motan
Hi Stefan, I have seen both of your daggers...

Hi Stefan,
I have seen both of your daggers before and commented on them. They are both good and older than most.
The first one is a classical type - one of the two main types produced in the village...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st August 2019, 06:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,536
Posted By motan
Hi all, Thanks for participating in this thread....

Hi all,
Thanks for participating in this thread. Don't get me wrong, I still think that Southern Iraq or North Eastern Arabia are the most probable origin of my dagger. The reasoning is simple - 1....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2019, 09:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,536
Posted By motan
Smile Hi Stu, Unfortunately, I don't think we will ever...

Hi Stu,
Unfortunately, I don't think we will ever know.
But what you say makes sense. It could be that an Iraqi or Syrian dagger was later dressed with silver in Arabia. The blade is, I think,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2019, 05:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,536
Posted By motan
Hi Stu, Thanks for your response and please have...

Hi Stu,
Thanks for your response and please have a look in your books when you can. Literature that covers Iraqi daggers is very rare as far as I know. I don't know what you mean by "put together"....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th July 2019, 08:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,536
Posted By motan
Hi Krockew and Kubur, and thanks for your...

Hi Krockew and Kubur, and thanks for your reactions.
Kronckew, the question of what is Shibriya and what is not is quite complex and there are examples of daggers called Shibriya that have a...
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