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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 05:32 AM
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Posted By Ian
Am I right in thinking the axe heads were cut...

Am I right in thinking the axe heads were cut from sheet metal, divided in two, and the halves welded to a multifaceted tube for mounting. The beveled edge suggests that the blades are of fairly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 05:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 346
Posted By Ian
Ric and Ariel: Please post the results here...

Ric and Ariel:

Please post the results here also.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 04:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 346
Posted By Ian
Rob, Thank you for the feedback. Interesting...

Rob,

Thank you for the feedback. Interesting to know that glass featured in the manufacture of crucible steel. It is a while since I read Ann's thesis and I had forgotten that point.

I'm no...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2019, 09:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 188
Posted By Ian
Hi Matt, There are two schools of thought...

Hi Matt,

There are two schools of thought about discussing the faking of weapons. One says that we should know as much as possible and should discuss these issues openly so that collectors can be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2019, 08:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 346
Posted By Ian
Ariel: As I read your explanation, it...

Ariel:

As I read your explanation, it requires only that there be two zones of different composition: one being wootz proper, the other being some mix of other components that are inferior in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th September 2019, 01:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 427
Posted By Ian
Too bad. Just copper mixed in with the silver I...

Too bad. Just copper mixed in with the silver I guess. :(

I think you are probably right in regard to the silver pommels that appear to be all silver (albeit hollow inside). There are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th September 2019, 12:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 430
Posted By Ian
Wayne is on to something I think with his...

Wayne is on to something I think with his reference to the clipped blade of the Dutch klewang (a.k.a. Maréchaussée sabel), which has been discussed on these pages previously—see, for example, here...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2019, 01:04 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,640
Posted By Ian
Angry So hard to tell real from reproduction

An interesting discussion here on what is old and what is reproduction, with some strong arguments each way. What it tells me is that I should be very wary of shashka that are said to be old and of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2019, 12:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 310
Posted By Ian
Hi carlos, Yes, the blade on your short sword...

Hi carlos,

Yes, the blade on your short sword is likely European, perhaps a cavalry saber from the mid-19th C. I agree with Jose when he says that the blade was broken and reshaped. There appears...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2019, 12:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 427
Posted By Ian
Thumbs up Gorgeous pieces

Hi Charles.

My word you have a nice set of kris there. Am I correct in surmising that in Photo 2 these are (from top to bottom):

Maguindanao
Sulu
Sulu
Maranao
Sulu
Sulu
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2019, 06:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,275
Posted By Ian
Hi Jose. Kind of hard to read from the pics. Can...

Hi Jose. Kind of hard to read from the pics. Can you transcribe it for us? Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2019, 06:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 663
Posted By Ian
Thanks for the props Ariel, but I'm not sure that...

Thanks for the props Ariel, but I'm not sure that I want to put myself through the flogging that Cato got when he published his book. Might sound like neocolonialism to some if another white 'cano...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2019, 05:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 663
Posted By Ian
Dang! I sold a mint copy in its original...

Dang! I sold a mint copy in its original cellophane wrapper for only $400 a while back. Should have waited! :( ;) :D
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th September 2019, 09:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 663
Posted By Ian
Hi S.J. For the purposes of discussion,...

Hi S.J.

For the purposes of discussion, I'm going to call the first barung that you show in Post #4 of this thread, Barung A. This one has a hilt with a silver punto (ferrule) overlaid with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th September 2019, 11:11 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 1,759
Posted By Ian
Good point Ariel. Merci beaucoup! :)

Good point Ariel. Merci beaucoup! :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th September 2019, 09:06 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 1,759
Posted By Ian
Mahratt: You raise some excellent points. I...

Mahratt:

You raise some excellent points. I think it comes down to how people present the item. Your choora example is a good one. Here the engraved floral work was clearly done recently (compared...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th September 2019, 08:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 696
Posted By Ian
Hi Stefan: Your pictures confirm that this is...

Hi Stefan:

Your pictures confirm that this is a handsome barung and a fine addition to your collection! Congratulations on a nice acquisition. As you can see, even those with some experience of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th September 2019, 08:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 663
Posted By Ian
Hi S.J., Two nice looking barung which appear...

Hi S.J.,

Two nice looking barung which appear to have some age. I think the second (smaller) is probably late 19th or early 20th C, and the larger one is probably a little later with a scabbard...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 9th September 2019, 09:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 605
Posted By Ian
Alan, :eek: Unusual approach to identification...

Alan,

:eek: Unusual approach to identification of the keris. Any idea who might use such technology in a meaningful way?

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th September 2019, 12:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 586
Posted By Ian
My thoughts exactly. Scabbards are purely for...

My thoughts exactly. Scabbards are purely for transporting the blade, and were replaced frequently in most areas of the world. In some cases they were intentionally disposable, and were often...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st September 2019, 09:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 851
Posted By Ian
Very nice kukri! Congrats.

Very nice kukri! Congrats.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st September 2019, 12:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 696
Posted By Ian
Hi Stefan, Very nice barung. I would...

Hi Stefan,

Very nice barung. I would say early 20th C and I especially like the blade which appears to have an inserted edge in the san mei method.. Detlef has noted the crest being absent...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st August 2019, 09:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 419
Posted By Ian
The larger one is northern Thai in manufacture...

The larger one is northern Thai in manufacture and probably second half of 20th C. These were common bring back items by U.S. soldiers during the Vietnam war. There is an old "Classics" thread that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st August 2019, 09:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 505
Posted By Ian
Hi carlos, I think Jose nailed it. Maybe some...

Hi carlos,

I think Jose nailed it. Maybe some Filipino influence, but certainly nothing "traditional"about this one. Looks like somebody was practicing their file work. Do you have a picture of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st August 2019, 12:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 558
Posted By Ian
Good point Rick. The last few inches near the tip...

Good point Rick. The last few inches near the tip of the blade certainly seem to be heavily corroded, although the edges of the fullers show some underlying steel coming through the rust. Closer to...
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