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Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 16th February 2020, 04:25 PM
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Posted By ALEX
Persian Qalamdan - Translation Request

Here is Persian(?) Papier-mâché qalamdan (pen case). Is it Persian or Arabic writing? Can someone translate it? Many thanks.
Forum: European Armoury 13th February 2020, 06:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 641
Posted By ALEX
I also find the langets and crossguard in general...

I also find the langets and crossguard in general to be too thin and fragile.
Can this even be a battle sword by design?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th February 2020, 05:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,567
Posted By ALEX
I'd not recommend experimenting with it. It could...

I'd not recommend experimenting with it. It could work or it could damage the blade. Good wootz will react to most mild etchants like lemon juice or any household cleaning solution containing acid...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th February 2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,236
Posted By ALEX
Jens, it appears to be coftgari, but you're right...

Jens, it appears to be coftgari, but you're right - it is exceptionally fine gold inlay work from 17th Century.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th February 2020, 07:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 554
Posted By ALEX
Good point, Marius, Totally agree with...

Good point, Marius, Totally agree with you.

Here's another vintage/modern Uzbek knife produced in Shahrihon region.

Kwiatek, please correct me if I am wrong, the inscriptions on the blade and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th February 2020, 03:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,236
Posted By ALEX
Jens, here is the answer: there are two poppy...

Jens, here is the answer: there are two poppy plants swaying on long, slender stems emphasizing the chape's vertical form. Among them, there are bristling buds, floating clouds and 2 plumb...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th February 2020, 10:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 554
Posted By ALEX
Thank You, Kwiatek This confirms the scabbard was...

Thank You, Kwiatek
This confirms the scabbard was made in Uzbekistan, as I was told it was made by a local Uzbek master, who's not native Arabic speaker of course.

The knife was also made by the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th February 2020, 09:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 554
Posted By ALEX
I agree, this knife was made to look in Uzbek...

I agree, this knife was made to look in Uzbek style. The only blade is not of Uzbek form, and this only feature makes it non-ethnographic.

Marius, would you agree if the blade be of proper pchak...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2020, 11:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 554
Posted By ALEX
Mahratt, Thanks! This crossed my mind also....

Mahratt, Thanks! This crossed my mind also. Mechanically, the blade does look Indian, although tiger-eye/raindrop are more common Indian patterns, and this one is more 'ladder-oriented'. The shape of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2020, 10:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 554
Posted By ALEX
Mahratt, an excellent observation. You're right....

Mahratt, an excellent observation. You're right. I guess this is just a (hunting?) knife with the Uzbek-styled scabbard; they fit well but could be a mismatch too.
Have you seen similar? The scabbard...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2020, 09:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 554
Posted By ALEX
New/Modern Uzbek Pchak

Here is newly made Uzbek knife (pchak). I suspect some parts being shipped from other regions, like walrus handle is most certainly from Russia, the blade could also be from elsewhere (India?), the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2020, 09:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,567
Posted By ALEX
This is quite possible. These white spots are...

This is quite possible. These white spots are result of overheating, either during or after forging. They become permanent part of wootz structure/pattern and once they're formed there is no way to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2020, 09:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 591
Posted By ALEX
Eftihis, What a nice complete example! I agree...

Eftihis,
What a nice complete example! I agree with your observations and assessment of this Ottoman shamshir with Persian blade. There are 3 punch marks on the scabbard next to the inscription. I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2020, 09:29 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,555
Posted By ALEX
Yes, a classical Ottoman Kard and 19th Century....

Yes, a classical Ottoman Kard and 19th Century. The handle is likely jade and the blade is wootz. The silver scabbard also has all elements of classical Ottoman design, the repose style, 'rings' near...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2019, 08:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,153
Posted By ALEX
I disagree with your earlier comparison between...

I disagree with your earlier comparison between R. Elgood and K. Rivkin as well as the above comment. Both authors are experienced researchers in their field of study, and present valuable material...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th December 2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,236
Posted By ALEX
Thanks Jens, Jim, Jens, you're close with one...

Thanks Jens, Jim,
Jens, you're close with one element, but not exactly. I'll post the answer if noone guesses right. I think these minor details and the messages the makers and patrons of these...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th December 2019, 01:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,245
Posted By ALEX
I think Tula refers to Niello technique here....

I think Tula refers to Niello technique here. Niello is called Tula in many European countries as most Niello work in Europe was produced in Russia (in Moscow and Tula) from 18 to 19 Centuries....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th December 2019, 01:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,236
Posted By ALEX
When it comes to Indian arms - Indian Zoomorphic Daggers

Inspired by Jens' RECENT POST (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=25432) I am presenting a topic on so called zoomorphic daggers - Indian daggers with animal-headed hilts. I am talking...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 5th December 2019, 05:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,468
Posted By ALEX
Here is an example of mentioned passive weapon -...

Here is an example of mentioned passive weapon - a Medieval dog collar found in Hungary, but with spikes instead of plates.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 29th November 2019, 01:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,740
Posted By ALEX
Kwiatek, Many thanks once again for translation....

Kwiatek,
Many thanks once again for translation. Its interesting to see one inscription looks older, most likely indicating several different owners during its lifetime. Below is another example from...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 27th November 2019, 03:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,740
Posted By ALEX
Kwiatek, Thank you very much for translation! It...

Kwiatek,
Thank you very much for translation! It is very helpful.
May I ask for another favor to translate the below inscription on another ewer below? They're usually dated but I do not see any...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd October 2019, 06:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,206
Posted By ALEX
Vilhelmsson, you do not have to change the...

Vilhelmsson, you do not have to change the handle. Some people are too quick posing their opinions as ultimate guides for everyone to follow. This is quite inconsiderate because it does not regard...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 22nd July 2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,073
Posted By ALEX
Yes, the last image is Ottoman hammam bowl...

Yes, the last image is Ottoman hammam bowl indeed. It combines Ottoman and Asian influences evidenced in mihrab and lotus flower designs. The former bowl has similar looking elements, so its easy to...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 22nd July 2019, 10:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,073
Posted By ALEX
Hi Motan, The floral pattern as well as overall...

Hi Motan,
The floral pattern as well as overall shape is not of Ottoman hammam bowl.
It is Asian, I believe Malaysian. Here is Malay bowl of similar size (25 x 7 cm). This one has a Keris/Kris part...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th July 2019, 09:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,845
Posted By ALEX
Thanks to all for information and an interesting...

Thanks to all for information and an interesting discussion.

Ariel, I did not even notice the 'hammer and sickle' symbol. The knife was found in Uzbekistan indeed, so the historical references you...
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