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Forum: European Armoury 21st February 2021, 05:33 AM
Replies: 3
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Posted By Philip
Sorry to say, and I wouldn't mind if someone else...

Sorry to say, and I wouldn't mind if someone else out there disagrees, but my gut tells me that this is a recently-assembled composite of new and old parts.

The proportions of the guard, and its...
Forum: European Armoury 16th February 2021, 05:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 308
Posted By Philip
I must respectfully disagree. If it was made as...

I must respectfully disagree. If it was made as percussion, why would there be that unmistakable shaped "platform" on the forward end of the lockplate that is of ideal shape to support a...
Forum: European Armoury 6th February 2021, 02:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 396
Posted By Philip
Maybe there were no elephants inhabiting their...

Maybe there were no elephants inhabiting their clan turf. :shrug:
Forum: European Armoury 5th February 2021, 06:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 396
Posted By Philip
Years ago I read in Wallace's Scottish Swords...

Years ago I read in Wallace's Scottish Swords and Daggers that most Highland hilts were originally made with an applied finish -- russeting (akin to the browning used on contemporaneous firearms)...
Forum: European Armoury 5th February 2021, 06:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,572
Posted By Philip
Interesting. Looks like a recycled European...

Interesting. Looks like a recycled European saber blade? I'm wondering about the hilt, especially the grip/pommel junction. Front end of grip is darkened and shows wear from age, whereas rear...
Forum: European Armoury 28th January 2021, 09:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,100
Posted By Philip
Yes, the profile of the serpentine is reminiscent...

Yes, the profile of the serpentine is reminiscent but the lockplate outline is not. The lockplate on the example you posted has a profile somewhat like a European flintlock of the 17th cent. onward....
Forum: European Armoury 26th January 2021, 10:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 623
Posted By Philip
Those markings in the blade fullers ring a bell,...

Those markings in the blade fullers ring a bell, I've seen them before... Like on military manufacture from early- mid 20th cent. Spain -- Fábrica Nacional de Toledo, or the Santa Bárbara arsenal at...
Forum: European Armoury 26th January 2021, 10:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 790
Posted By Philip
not for poking piggy

The globose thickening at the base of the points will not serve as stops for a boar-spear head. These things will keep going on in and Hogzilla will be on top of the hunter in a flash. Take a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th January 2021, 10:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 860
Posted By Philip
I don't see why this thing couldn't serve equally...

I don't see why this thing couldn't serve equally well as a farm tool or a weapon. I'm thinking of its Okinawan equivalent, with has a martial technique developed for it (used singly or in each...
Forum: European Armoury 24th January 2021, 04:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,100
Posted By Philip
Here is an example of a very early (for a Spanish...

Here is an example of a very early (for a Spanish patilla-style miquelet), ca 1630, made in Brescia, Italy. It has both half- and full-cock sears but getting back to your comment, note that it is...
Forum: European Armoury 24th January 2021, 06:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,100
Posted By Philip
The stock designed to rest against the cheek, not...

The stock designed to rest against the cheek, not shoulder. Just like on German wheellocks, and most Far Eastern / Malay matchlocks.

The polygonal rifling is useful in a smaller bore like this. ...
Forum: European Armoury 24th January 2021, 06:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,100
Posted By Philip
Thanks, Ulrik. The essentials of this...

Thanks, Ulrik. The essentials of this mechanism, i.e the action of an external spring on the hammer and the means of release from cocked position, can be traced to Central Europe, possibly south...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th January 2021, 06:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 536
Posted By Philip
The only letter that is distinguishably Cyrillic...

The only letter that is distinguishably Cyrillic is the backward N which is equivalent to the Latin I. The lower case i and o are common to Greek and Latin miniscule.
Forum: European Armoury 19th January 2021, 05:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,100
Posted By Philip
Truly remarkable that it got to your hands in...

Truly remarkable that it got to your hands in "untouched" condition. If you do some more conservation work and light cleaning, please share pics of the result. Am especially interested in seeing...
Forum: European Armoury 19th January 2021, 04:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,100
Posted By Philip
Rick, True, the butts on both are of essentially...

Rick,
True, the butts on both are of essentially triangular shape but... note that the Balkan gun is designed to be held against the shoulder when aimed, whereas this Finnish gun has a cheek-stock,...
Forum: European Armoury 19th January 2021, 05:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,100
Posted By Philip
Thanks, Ulrik, for sharing such a rare and...

Thanks, Ulrik, for sharing such a rare and unusual gun! All the more amazing that it dates from the 1880s, when the rest of Europe had moved beyond muzzle-loading into breech-loading technology...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2021, 07:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,029
Posted By Philip
Nando, the photos you added are worthy of...

Nando, the photos you added are worthy of comment. There is a demilune below a trident, they were separate classes of weapons. In China (as well as Korea and Vietnam) the trident was much more...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2021, 07:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,029
Posted By Philip
like peas in a pod

Thank you, the Met example is practically identical to the one in this painting.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,029
Posted By Philip
it gets complicated

Thanks, Bruno, for posting the pics. The text is an 11th cent. military encyclopedia, Wujing Zongyao It has a plethora of polearms, which scholars like David Nicolle have commented that such a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,029
Posted By Philip
Met Museum catalog keywords

Nando, I first became aware of the example in the Met by way of Stone's Glossary... page 276, under the entry "Half Moon, Demilune" . So try Half Moon in the Met's online catalog search engine. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2021, 06:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,029
Posted By Philip
clearing up the terminology

The term "gekken" is irrelevant to the weapon under discussion:
1. The word is Japanese and is literally "moon sword".
2. In Chinese the label "sword" is never applied to these weapons, they are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2021, 05:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,029
Posted By Philip
As far as I am aware these were used by...

As far as I am aware these were used by civilians, and were not a military pattern. They have an equivalent in 16th-17th cent. Europe, where they were commonly known as demilune or "half moon". ...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd December 2020, 04:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,975
Posted By Philip
Your lance shows signs of age on it, but its...

Your lance shows signs of age on it, but its configuration is markedly different from the Polish hussar lances that have been published from museum collections as seen in the attached images of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th December 2020, 11:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,546
Posted By Philip
Bravo, Bovinias!

Bravo, Bovinias!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2020, 11:08 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,697
Posted By Philip
postwar production

The production seemed to have continued, at a respectable quality level, after WW II and even post-Mao. On two trips to China during the 1970s, I was taken to artisanal "factories" where various...
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