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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th November 2017, 07:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 298
Posted By CharlesS
Thanks Iain. I agree the baldric mount looks a...

Thanks Iain. I agree the baldric mount looks a bit odd, but its age seems commensurate with the rest and it is really quite worn.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th November 2017, 05:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 399
Posted By CharlesS
That's one of the finest panabas I have ever...

That's one of the finest panabas I have ever seen...congrats! It is surely datu class. Great craftsmanship from top to bottom!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th November 2017, 04:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 298
Posted By CharlesS
A Massive and All Business Old Manding Sword

Here is a very unusual Manding sword, likely from the first half of the 20th century. It is rather plain, especially its scabbard, by Manding standards. It is the largest Manding sword I have ever...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th November 2017, 04:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 336
Posted By CharlesS
While I have not tested the metal yet, I tend to...

While I have not tested the metal yet, I tend to agree with everything that has been said here, that is:

* the blade is older than the rest
* the scabbard is of better craftsmanship than the hilt
*...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2017, 03:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 336
Posted By CharlesS
A Unique Silver Mounted Parang

This parang needed a lot of clean up to make it as "blingy" as it certainly originally was. The silver work is not particularly impressive, especially on the hilt. The silver is an alloy with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2017, 03:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 453
Posted By CharlesS
Moro Kriss Restored

This Moro kriss was bought on eBay a couple of months ago. My original fascination with it was with the unique and lovely hilt, but after our own Battara restored the blade I have an all new respect...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th October 2017, 10:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,055
Posted By CharlesS
And what an exceptionally lovely one!!! Congrats!

And what an exceptionally lovely one!!! Congrats!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th October 2017, 12:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,747
Posted By CharlesS
Hey Spunjer! The inlays that remained were bone,...

Hey Spunjer! The inlays that remained were bone, and the restorations were designed to match the old bone as well as possible.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2017, 10:04 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,747
Posted By CharlesS
Yes, most definitely wood. You may be able to see...

Yes, most definitely wood. You may be able to see some of the lighter stripes of the wood in the pics, but it's hard to see, even tougher with the glare.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2017, 08:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,747
Posted By CharlesS
Thanks so much guys! It hard work getting it...

Thanks so much guys! It hard work getting it cleaned up. I outsourced the bone inlays.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2017, 05:23 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,747
Posted By CharlesS
Here is the originally discussed kriss restored....

Here is the originally discussed kriss restored. The missing bone has been replaced, the blade cleaned and lightly etched, and the hilt fittings restored to their original luster.

The silver...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th October 2017, 02:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,562
Posted By CharlesS
Good point Ariel. Yes there are piso podangs with...

Good point Ariel. Yes there are piso podangs with iron hilts and ones with mixed parts, say a brass grip and bronze pommel. I have had some of these variations in my collection, though the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2017, 04:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 704
Posted By CharlesS
Thank you all for your kind words and...

Thank you all for your kind words and observations. I meant "ugly" in the most humble way....were it truly "ugly" I doubt I would make room for it. I just find it a very interesting tribal...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th October 2017, 06:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 738
Posted By CharlesS
This is one of the most interesting daggers of...

This is one of the most interesting daggers of its type I have seen due to all the cross-cultural influences. It is clearly influenced by the Moroccan "koummya", but has clear Taureg features and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th October 2017, 04:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 528
Posted By CharlesS
A Nice Taureg Lance "Allagh"

Here is a nice example of a classical Taureg allagh or long lance. This one measures 84in. overall. At some point in its life, it has been cut in two pieces and reformed with a copper tube covered in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th October 2017, 09:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 704
Posted By CharlesS
Thanks for the input guys! Ariel, I meant...

Thanks for the input guys!

Ariel, I meant "ugliest" in the "kindest, gentlest, most nurturing way". :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th October 2017, 05:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 704
Posted By CharlesS
Perhaps the World's Ugliest Nimcha, but Still Quite Interesting

This nimcha will win few awards for aesthetics, but it may illustrate for us how the nimcha became such a prestige weapon that it was copied by some tribal societies further to the south of it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th October 2017, 04:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 366
Posted By CharlesS
Four African Daggers for Comment and Check On Origins

Here are 4 rather elegant African daggers, all from West Africa. I am rather sure of the origins of at least one or two of them, but less so on the other two.

I am hoping for some more definitive...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th October 2017, 11:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 595
Posted By CharlesS
Agreed...bone scales and acid etched blade.

Agreed...bone scales and acid etched blade.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2017, 04:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 496
Posted By CharlesS
Unusual and Crude Naga Dao

This is one of the strangest Naga daos I have encountered. It features a double-edged ax blade that is split down the middle. One side of each blade is flat, the other convex. The top of each blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2017, 04:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 552
Posted By CharlesS
Unusual Yataghan ... but from where?

This is a unique yataghan that I picked up recently. It is certainly not very flashy, but I found the construction very interesting. The typical yataghan style blade has a very plain and smaller than...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2017, 05:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 740
Posted By CharlesS
I certainly did not intend to imply in my post...

I certainly did not intend to imply in my post that the knife was not worth collecting. I don't think any of us gets to judge that. I was merely trying to illustrate a 'range' of Ovambo work.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2017, 05:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 740
Posted By CharlesS
While without a first-hand look it would be...

While without a first-hand look it would be difficult to judge whether or not it is "touristy"...to me it seems to have some age regardless...I must tell you by Ovambo standards the knife is of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th September 2017, 08:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 602
Posted By CharlesS
Jim, thanks for your input. While at first glance...

Jim, thanks for your input. While at first glance this does have the look of a bayonet blade, it is definitely a diamond sectioned native made blade and well within the abilities of the tribes of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th September 2017, 05:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 602
Posted By CharlesS
Colin, I agree about the other tribes...the Shona...

Colin, I agree about the other tribes...the Shona immediately came to mind for this carving style and wirework. What additional tribes were you thinking?

Thanks, btw, for your input.
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