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Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 12:28 PM
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Posted By colin henshaw
Thanks to Mark and Cutlass Collector for their...

Thanks to Mark and Cutlass Collector for their comments on the cutlass.

I had been wondering if it could be a colonial American piece... Looking through the book "Swords and Blades of the American...
Forum: European Armoury 1st March 2015, 11:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 144
Posted By colin henshaw
Primitive cutlass for I.D.

Hi

Picked this sword up the other day, it has that primitive "home-made" look that I like. Its quite short - 24 inches (61cm) in a straight line. No fuller or marks to the blade. The wooden handle...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th February 2015, 02:55 PM
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Views: 250
Posted By colin henshaw
Thanks to Greg and Iain for their comments....

Thanks to Greg and Iain for their comments. Length of my example is approx. 126cm. Nice website.

The iron spiral elements are unusual...has anyone seen these elsewhere ? The only others I can find...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th February 2015, 04:28 PM
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Views: 250
Posted By colin henshaw
African (Sahel ?) spear for I.D.

This recent acquisition is a rather unusual spear - does anyone recognise it ? Those spiral elements at the base of the blade, also the indentations to either side of the blade spine, are...
Forum: Swap Forum 23rd February 2015, 04:29 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 153
Posted By colin henshaw
African/Arab powder horn for sale

Hi

Here are some images of a scarce powder horn from East Africa, with Arab (Omani) influences, that I have for sale.

Price is 140- (one hundred and forty UK pounds), plus shipping costs. Paypal +...
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2015, 01:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 371
Posted By colin henshaw
I believe wooden clubs or "cudgels"...

I believe wooden clubs or "cudgels" were carried by the country people or peasantry in the Middle Ages in Europe and probably later, however I have no images to post. Of course metal maces or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th February 2015, 10:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 806
Posted By colin henshaw
Hi VANDOO, seems like only you and me... Nice...

Hi VANDOO, seems like only you and me...

Nice interesting piece, not sure if it is in fact Naga, the profile of the handle is different. Maybe Assam or elsewhere in South East Asia. If from an old...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd February 2015, 04:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 346
Posted By colin henshaw
British Museum, London - Australian Aboriginal exhibition

For anyone in London this summer, with an interest...The British Museum will stage an exhibition of Australian Aboriginal artefacts and culture (including weapons), 23rd April - 2nd August 2015. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st February 2015, 01:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 574
Posted By colin henshaw
Most likely the iron nails etc are just to...

Most likely the iron nails etc are just to provide a more effective striking area, rather than an imitation of the woodcarving...but who knows ?

I have a copy of a useful little book "The Art of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th January 2015, 01:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 574
Posted By colin henshaw
To try to expand on the points you have raised...

To try to expand on the points you have raised :-

Here are a couple of images of Austral Islands paddles that I have picked off the internet for reference. I believe fairly similar carved decoration...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th January 2015, 01:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 574
Posted By colin henshaw
Very interesting piece, thanks for posting. The...

Very interesting piece, thanks for posting. The geometric carving certainly has an Oceanic look (Austral Islands ?), probably from a paddle or club shaft. The metal bits look as if added by a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th January 2015, 01:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 471
Posted By colin henshaw
As no one else has commented...I don't really...

As no one else has commented...I don't really know where the knife is from, but its an intriguing piece. The blade looks Indian in form, as found on a "bichwa" dagger. The rest maybe European in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th January 2015, 05:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 775
Posted By colin henshaw
Thanks Tim. The nearest examples I can find to...

Thanks Tim. The nearest examples I can find to your club, are as shown in these two illustrations from "The History of Mankind" by Ratzel 1897. Seemingly, the Umauas Indians lived in the Japura River...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2015, 05:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 775
Posted By colin henshaw
Those "square-cut" protusions and the...

Those "square-cut" protusions and the type of palmwood...to me signify South America rather than Melanesia. Somewhere in Micronesia could also be possible...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd January 2015, 08:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 330
Posted By colin henshaw
As far as I know, the Maori adopted European...

As far as I know, the Maori adopted European weapons and materials fairly early on in the 19th century, in conjunction with their own traditional weapons, to some extent. However, it seems they just...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd January 2015, 08:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 330
Posted By colin henshaw
From the images, looks like it has some age to it...

From the images, looks like it has some age to it - my guess would be an early made for sale piece, early 20th century or even late 19th...

Copious carved decoration is often a sign of a made for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st December 2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 251
Posted By colin henshaw
The blade on Sajen's knife looks like it could be...

The blade on Sajen's knife looks like it could be from a US/European fighting knife (see image), or a re-worked bayonet ??

Regards.
Forum: European Armoury 30th December 2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 523
Posted By colin henshaw
Very interesting Stu. Thanks for posting.

Very interesting Stu. Thanks for posting.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th December 2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 251
Posted By colin henshaw
A few more...

A few more...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th December 2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 251
Posted By colin henshaw
The carved head is a bit like that to be found on...

The carved head is a bit like that to be found on some North West Coast USA/Canada daggers (Tlingit).
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th December 2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 608
Posted By colin henshaw
Good-looking swords. The metal has that grey,...

Good-looking swords. The metal has that grey, softish look of native-smelted iron...is this a likelihood ?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd December 2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 506
Posted By colin henshaw
Thanks to those who commented on this piece....

Thanks to those who commented on this piece. Looks to be definitely from Yemen.
Wondering whether to clean the silver a bit, or maybe its best to leave it alone...any recommendations ?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 557
Posted By colin henshaw
The larger bamboo tube item and darts is a Dayak...

The larger bamboo tube item and darts is a Dayak blowpipe quiver. The basket probably also Dayak. Regarding the smaller bamboo tube and spatula, my guess is this either a lime container and spoon for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2014, 03:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 506
Posted By colin henshaw
Islamic bullet pouch ?

Hi

Can anyone help to identify this item. Made of embossed silver over leather, good workmanship, seems of Islamic design. Could it be for holding bullets or similar ? From Afghanistan or North West...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd November 2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 455
Posted By colin henshaw
A fine club - congratulations.

A fine club - congratulations.
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