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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th August 2015, 02:56 PM
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Posted By josh stout
Also, there is a good chance the whole thing is...

Also, there is a good chance the whole thing is plastic.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th August 2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 317
Posted By josh stout
It is definately a tourist item meant as a letter...

It is definately a tourist item meant as a letter opener, but it is hard to tell the age. Most were made in the last ten years, and if ivory, out of extremely unethical poached material. There is a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd June 2015, 02:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 875
Posted By josh stout
Thanks for explaining the "hamon" in...

Thanks for explaining the "hamon" in the horse tooth inserted edge. Now that it is pointed out, the "milky", "cloudy" look is obvious along the edge. Some of the "teeth" are whiter than others, and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th May 2015, 04:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 875
Posted By josh stout
I think the confusion is from the phrase...

I think the confusion is from the phrase "horse tooth hamon". As far as I know, the horse tooth pattern in Chinese swords is "jia gang" or inserted edge construction, while a similar wavy edge...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th March 2015, 04:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By josh stout
Here is a large biface that I would call a...

Here is a large biface that I would call a neolithic handaxe. Found in Mali, it shows a nice patina, and has nice color.

The example is more or less symmetrical, and to me, seems distinctly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th March 2015, 03:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By josh stout
The Mahogany obsidian was found near Fern Cave in...

The Mahogany obsidian was found near Fern Cave in the Lava Beds National Monument circa 1890. It is by far the best in my collection.

I certainly agree that they are quite widespread. I think...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd March 2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By josh stout
Very true, which is why I look for signs of...

Very true, which is why I look for signs of patina just as I do for swords. Look near where the fingers are gripping on the top photo to see the black "desert varnish". That is several thousand...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd March 2015, 01:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By josh stout
oldest ethnographic weapons handaxes

Good Chinese swords have left my price range, so I have been looking into a much older weapon/tool form, the stone hand axe. They were produced for well over a million years in the Lower...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th January 2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,191
Posted By josh stout
Yes, I agree. While the handle is in a style...

Yes, I agree. While the handle is in a style that would be consistent with the Qianlong period, the blade appears mid to late 19th c.. I have a large knife with a very similar handle that I always...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 765
Posted By josh stout
Nice photo collection. I am suspicious of the...

Nice photo collection. I am suspicious of the iron whips with dragon guards (Yazi) and round nodes along the length. I see what are likely fakes of these on eBay frequently, and even from a few...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th October 2014, 11:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 854
Posted By josh stout
Number eight appears to be a Chinese lance. ...

Number eight appears to be a Chinese lance. Similar examples are not too uncommon. Number nine could be from anywhere with Chinese influence and a dramatic flair. South East Asia is quite likely...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th October 2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,587
Posted By josh stout
Thanks for posting the very interesting handgun. ...

Thanks for posting the very interesting handgun. I am fascinated for a number of reasons, but I am worried that this will get us off the more general thread on "fighting irons" or "sword-breakers". ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th October 2014, 11:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,587
Posted By josh stout
That is very interesting. One of them looks so...

That is very interesting. One of them looks so much like mine that I think it may be the same one. As far as I know I have never posted a photo, so it would have had to come from the Indonesian...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th October 2014, 11:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 833
Posted By josh stout
I have never seen another like it either. :)

I have never seen another like it either. :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th October 2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 557
Posted By josh stout
That is a nice example in excellent condition. I...

That is a nice example in excellent condition. I have one that is almost exactly the same (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=9013&highlight=chain+whip), but without the interesting leaf...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th October 2014, 09:55 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,587
Posted By josh stout
The top one I posted is from an area of Northern...

The top one I posted is from an area of Northern Sumatra where Chinese laborers were brought by the British in the late 19th c. The set of two and the other one with a wooden handle are all Chinese....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th August 2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 618
Posted By josh stout
Folsom Point

There has been some recent discussion of stone tools and weapons from the Americas so I thought it might be fun to post this. I inherited it from my grandfather who bought it in 1974, so I think it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th August 2014, 03:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 903
Posted By josh stout
I am not too familiar with shark tooth weapons,...

I am not too familiar with shark tooth weapons, but I find it very interesting that different kinds of teeth are used on each side. One side has straight, relatively round teeth from the front of a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd July 2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 824
Posted By josh stout
I don't think it is Chinese, but I would love...

I don't think it is Chinese, but I would love more description and maybe a picture of the guard.
Thanks,
Josh
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th July 2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,752
Posted By josh stout
The dragon and phoenix motif with stylized clouds...

The dragon and phoenix motif with stylized clouds is absolutely of Chinese origin. Very similar examples can be found in Persian carpets, and are usually attributed to the Mongols' habit of moving...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 847
Posted By josh stout
Vietnamese is a good guess, especially if it had...

Vietnamese is a good guess, especially if it had an ivory or bone handle. With just the blade to go on, many regions with a Chinese influence are possible.

I have two short choppers that are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th June 2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 793
Posted By josh stout
Clearly the sword is a Bhutanese patag, but the...

Clearly the sword is a Bhutanese patag, but the spear is more difficult to identify. The new cloth wrapping looks traditional, but it obscures the details of the spear. I am not familiar with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 591
Posted By josh stout
Nice pedang! I am not sure about the age,...

Nice pedang! I am not sure about the age, hopefully someone more knowledgeable will add a comment, but to me it looks like it might be circa 1950. The U shaped insert piece near the handle is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th March 2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 684
Posted By josh stout
I think fruit bat is a good call. I would not...

I think fruit bat is a good call. I would not have thought of it, but allowing for artistic license and the wide variety of bats, it seems a better fit than a dog.
Forum: European Armoury 24th March 2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 843
Posted By josh stout
On the topic of antiques, fakes and theft, I am...

On the topic of antiques, fakes and theft, I am trying to figure out the chain of crime and who is at fault for what parts. If the buyer paid thousands and was robbed of something with a replacement...
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