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Forum: European Armoury 18th September 2020, 06:08 AM
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Posted By Philip
Robert Held anthologies

The late Mr Held, an expat American scholar who resided in Italy, wrote two remarkable anthologies containing articles on a variety of arms by a number of European and British authors, the former all...
Forum: European Armoury 18th September 2020, 05:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 283
Posted By Philip
More Spanish

Álvaro Soler del Campo, Catálogo de arcabucería madrileña (1687-1833) (catalog of Madrid gunmaking), an exhibition of works of the Spanish royal gunmakers in the collection of the Royal Armory of...
Forum: European Armoury 18th September 2020, 05:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 283
Posted By Philip
German flintlock rifles , plus other reference "classics"

Recently picked up an excellent German publication on Jäger rifles and can recommend it most highly:

Erhard Wolf, Steinschloss-Jägerbüchsen: Kunstwerke der Büchsenmacher aus dem 18. Jahrhundert ...
Forum: European Armoury 18th September 2020, 05:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 283
Posted By Philip
Italy: a general but thorough survey

For a wide-ranging and respected intro to Italian firearms (civil and military) from the beginning to the 19th cent., a good beginning is Agostino Gaibi's Armi da Fuoco Italiane (Italian Firearms),...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2020, 05:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 126
Posted By Philip
I recall from the dim past, when I was interested...

I recall from the dim past, when I was interested in collecting and shooting late 19th/early 20th cent. military rifles (European models), that I saw a book entitled (per recollection) Military...
Forum: European Armoury 12th September 2020, 04:21 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,705
Posted By Philip
Yes this is the one I was referring to. Thanks...

Yes this is the one I was referring to. Thanks for identifying artist and date.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th September 2020, 10:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 874
Posted By Philip
Great intro to the subject, Jim. Hmong are...

Great intro to the subject, Jim. Hmong are just one of a number of tribes inhabiting the Vietnam / Laos / Cambodia border areas and as you say are ethnically and therefore linguistically distinct...
Forum: European Armoury 8th September 2020, 09:38 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,705
Posted By Philip
Of all the "action shots", the one...

Of all the "action shots", the one showing Judy with sword upraised in a two handed grip seems to follow the Biblical narrative most closely, which as quoted previously mentions that she took two...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd September 2020, 10:28 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,705
Posted By Philip
OK, fish it out for a photo op but for goodness'...

OK, fish it out for a photo op but for goodness' sake don't go fishing near those dockyards! Or if you do, don't eat the fish you catch! We'd like to see you contributing great threads for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st September 2020, 03:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 590
Posted By Philip
Only in the case of blades (and other categories...

Only in the case of blades (and other categories of art) deemed important enough by the Ministry of Culture to be National Treasures, and in such case must remain in-country.

Otherwise, swords are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st September 2020, 01:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 745
Posted By Philip
I am glad to see that you are doing this work,...

I am glad to see that you are doing this work, your skills are on a high level.
Forum: European Armoury 29th August 2020, 09:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 634
Posted By Philip
Yes, at least not external ones like beagles do. ...

Yes, at least not external ones like beagles do. I'm sure these birds are capable of hearing, though. ;)
Forum: European Armoury 29th August 2020, 04:50 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,705
Posted By Philip
heads they lost

In this thread we see two paintings based on Biblical narratives, and featuring beheadings. It is interesting to note one thing in common, besides them featuring heroic figures in the Jewish...
Forum: European Armoury 29th August 2020, 04:25 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,705
Posted By Philip
get the lead out!

Jim, you might also want to know that white lead, until the last century, was widely used in many places for architectural and maritime applications. It was considered efficacious in protecting the...
Forum: European Armoury 28th August 2020, 12:17 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,705
Posted By Philip
Smile it's on the tip of my tongue !!

Jim, you raise some very valid and quite interesting points!

1. Regarding paint chemistry, I'm not at all certain how many artists' pigments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance contained lead. Also...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th August 2020, 03:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 745
Posted By Philip
Congratulations on an excellent job!

Congratulations on an excellent job!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th August 2020, 03:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 640
Posted By Philip
The style, especially of the hilt, is typically...

The style, especially of the hilt, is typically Bhutanese although there is some overlap in the deco motifs. It's quite a late piece, perhaps of touristic quality.
Forum: European Armoury 27th August 2020, 03:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 414
Posted By Philip
Many Ottoman regulation sidearms of the period...

Many Ottoman regulation sidearms of the period were of distinctly Germanic style. The Empire was energetically trying to modernize its military, purchasing a lot of Krupp artillery and several...
Forum: European Armoury 27th August 2020, 03:32 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,705
Posted By Philip
You're most welcome. Isn't it wonderful that...

You're most welcome.

Isn't it wonderful that some modern artists (am thinking of rock stars and the like) have more exciting things than lead to tweak their brains with? Get high, set the world...
Forum: European Armoury 25th August 2020, 04:46 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,705
Posted By Philip
veneficium plumbo

Jim, did you know that Ludwig van Beethoven is also believed to have died of lead poisoning? A sample of his hair, tested some years back, revealed a high lead content. His bio indicated that he ...
Forum: European Armoury 25th August 2020, 04:32 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,705
Posted By Philip
Thanks, Jim. The literature in Italian uses both...

Thanks, Jim.

The literature in Italian uses both storta and coltellacio to describe these weapons. I believe that the former is a Venetian dialectical term. In the book Armi e Armature Lombarde...
Forum: European Armoury 25th August 2020, 04:38 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,705
Posted By Philip
These cutlasses or short sabers with clipped...

These cutlasses or short sabers with clipped points have a long history in Italy, having been in use for over two centuries. The painting below is San Michele ed il drago, by Antonio del...
Forum: European Armoury 25th August 2020, 01:36 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,705
Posted By Philip
The artist, whose real name was Michelangelo...

The artist, whose real name was Michelangelo Merisi, died a tormented man indeed. According to one account he was on the lam trying to escape a murder charge arising from the brawl that you...
Forum: European Armoury 25th August 2020, 01:26 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,705
Posted By Philip
I don't think it was gratuitous, the way many of...

I don't think it was gratuitous, the way many of us moderns (well not necessarily me) like dark and violent movies for the sensationalism and morbid thrill. Recall that this was an age that was...
Forum: European Armoury 25th August 2020, 01:18 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,705
Posted By Philip
She was martyred by being broken on a spiked...

She was martyred by being broken on a spiked wheel, so this is why iconography always show her standing next to a wheel, in this case shown broken as an allegory of the triumph of Faith. Centuries...
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