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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd May 2015, 04:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 243
Posted By Ian
Roland: It is not uncommon to see a marked...

Roland:

It is not uncommon to see a marked etched pattern on barung. And I think Rick is correct when he says that the edge is actually an inserted piece of hardened steel between layers of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd May 2015, 03:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 243
Posted By Ian
Roland: That appears to be a very aggressive...

Roland:

That appears to be a very aggressive etch that you have used. Would you describe how you did the etching and what materials you used? Understanding more about your technique might help...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th May 2015, 09:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,491
Posted By Ian
Bandook: There seems to be remnants of an acid...

Bandook:

There seems to be remnants of an acid etch on your blade also.

42.5 cm--is that figure correct?

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th May 2015, 09:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 357
Posted By Ian
These small axes are certainly different from the...

These small axes are certainly different from the Kalinga "head axes," and I think most of the ones you show are probably tools rather than weapons. I have attached pictures of three other examples...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th May 2015, 09:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 381
Posted By Ian
Dana: I hope that we have not focused...

Dana:

I hope that we have not focused too much on a possible Russian origin for this emblem. The double-headed eagle is a much-used insignia, and Wikepedia notes the following: ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th May 2015, 08:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,491
Posted By Ian
Another one of these just sold on eBay. Unusual...

Another one of these just sold on eBay. Unusual acid etched blade design. Possibly made by the same person as the one shown by DaveA earlier in thread.

Measures 12.25 inches (31 cm) out of sheath.
...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2015, 10:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 381
Posted By Ian
Mark: I think this resembles the double-headed...

Mark:

I think this resembles the double-headed eagle mark of the Imperial Tsars of Russia. I have posted a picture of that mark below. Notice the crown that bridges the two heads of the eagle. This...
Forum: Swap Forum 8th May 2015, 03:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 368
Posted By Ian
And sold ... Good to see both of them go to a...

And sold ... Good to see both of them go to a fellow forumite!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2015, 03:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 350
Posted By Ian
Jose: I agree that this depiction looks...

Jose:

I agree that this depiction looks like the Thai version of Hanuman. It is interesting that the Ramakien (the Thai version of the Ramayama) features Hanuman more prominently. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2015, 10:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 350
Posted By Ian
Question Unusual Asian knife with monkey hilt for ID

This one was a recent pick up from our favorite online auction site. It was presented as a prayer knife of the Yao people of southern China and neighboring SE Asia. While I am not familiar with this...
Forum: Swap Forum 7th May 2015, 01:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 368
Posted By Ian
Both knives are on hold.

Both knives are on hold.
Forum: Swap Forum 6th May 2015, 11:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 368
Posted By Ian
Two small gunong for sale

Two nice little Moro gunong from the first half of the 20th C.

Each measures 9.75 inches OAL (10.75 inches in the sheath), with blades of 6.5 inches. The top one has heavy silver fittings, while...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th May 2015, 01:38 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,396
Posted By Ian
No information about whether they were used as...

No information about whether they were used as weapons, but he thought they were decorative items or souvenirs.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd May 2015, 11:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,396
Posted By Ian
Blu: A friend of mine tells me that your knives...

Blu:

A friend of mine tells me that your knives are from Mauritania. He has seen many in the bazaars there. They have been around at least since WWII, probably earlier than that.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2015, 04:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 473
Posted By Ian
Agree with Spiral. This is an Afghan attempt to...

Agree with Spiral. This is an Afghan attempt to imitate a Nepalese kukri, even down to the stylized cho at forte. The inscription of "Afghanistan" on the blade indicates it is a decorative item for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 466
Posted By Ian
I would not be surprised if some of this work is...

I would not be surprised if some of this work is coming out of Rajastan. There are blades in Indian styles coming from there that are obviously new but the gold koftgari is of high quality. Some of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th April 2015, 04:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 637
Posted By Ian
I agree with Rick. This looks like a late...

I agree with Rick. This looks like a late 19th/early 20th C Maranao kris. There is an obvious visible line that suggests a separate gangya.

The apparent shortness of a kris like this is not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th April 2015, 12:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,710
Posted By Ian
Unhappy Oh dear

These look purely decorative to me and seem to have been made out of sheet metal. There appears to be some stable corrosion remaining in some places, while other places look as though they have been...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th April 2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 495
Posted By Ian
Looks like a typical Moro kampilan, most likely...

Looks like a typical Moro kampilan, most likely from the Lake Lanao area (i.e., Maranao) based on the particular hilt style--a very similar example can be found on a royal Maranao kampilan in the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st April 2015, 07:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 693
Posted By Ian
Hi Rick: Very nice and unusual piece. I think...

Hi Rick:

Very nice and unusual piece. I think Barry has probably identified this one for you. Would you say this is late 19th/early 20th C, or perhaps a bit earlier than that?

About 15 years...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2015, 06:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 735
Posted By Ian
Sajen: I have a dha in the Kachin style that I...

Sajen:

I have a dha in the Kachin style that I purchased from Philip Tom several years ago that has the same lobulated form of guard with a similar three-part Burmese style hilt. Clearly a Chinese...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2015, 06:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 599
Posted By Ian
Charles: I am grateful that you decided to part...

Charles:

I am grateful that you decided to part with it all those years ago.:D

The two dha are indeed similar and the silver work is very similar to some of the Shan style but with a distinctly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2015, 05:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 640
Posted By Ian
Detlef: Great pick up -- these are very hard...

Detlef:

Great pick up -- these are very hard to find. Do you see anywhere that MOP "dangles" might have been attached. I think such ornaments are quite common on these swords and so far I have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2015, 03:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 518
Posted By Ian
I agree that this is most likely southern Indian...

I agree that this is most likely southern Indian in origin, and the Malabar Coast area is a possibility. The Tirri picture shows three examples, and while I am familiar with the top one as definitely...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2015, 09:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 467
Posted By Ian
Everything looks old and pretty correct to me....

Everything looks old and pretty correct to me. Perhaps the wooden hilt has been shaved down a bit, but it all seems to have been made at the same time and it all looks old.

Ian
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