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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2019, 08:43 AM
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Posted By Iain
The blade geometry based on the small photos...

The blade geometry based on the small photos looks likely to indicate a locally made blade.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th September 2019, 12:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 515
Posted By Iain
This does not strike me as a blade that was ever...

This does not strike me as a blade that was ever in takouba mounts. Better pictures will of course be needed to give a more detailed opinion.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2019, 03:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 433
Posted By Iain
The pommel was often formed purely from leather....

The pommel was often formed purely from leather. Wrapped until the desired width of the pommel was achieved.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2019, 02:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,077
Posted By Iain
This is Sudanese. This style was in vogue during...

This is Sudanese. This style was in vogue during the Mhadist period.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2019, 02:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 767
Posted By Iain
Yep, that's the usual blade size, these are very...

Yep, that's the usual blade size, these are very much of a size, although the exact length of fullers etc seems to vary a little due to the hand made nature. Given the extensive use of water powered...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 767
Posted By Iain
Yes Jim, I would not dispute a Kull attribution...

Yes Jim, I would not dispute a Kull attribution for the blade and a mid 19th century dating. The guards are still a bit of a mystery in that we know they were made locally but have the one odd...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2019, 09:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 767
Posted By Iain
Yes, it mimics European latten work on blade...

Yes, it mimics European latten work on blade marks which I have detailed on various takouba before. Just two examples are attached.

I think as well it was likely done in bulk in a workshop for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2019, 08:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 767
Posted By Iain
Yes the blade is circa 1850. The guards were also...

Yes the blade is circa 1850. The guards were also exported it appears. There is a period French reference for this. The inlay is almost certainly local. So potentially the guard is European made....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 767
Posted By Iain
Far as I can see it is exactly what it appears to...

Far as I can see it is exactly what it appears to be. Good quality guard and Solingen export blade. Other buyers may have been put off by the hilt condition and lack of scabbard? :shrug:

Congrats...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th August 2019, 07:18 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 14,336
Posted By Iain
Agreed, my point was simply that in a broader...

Agreed, my point was simply that in a broader sense, these hilts were being found within these areas. One was even discovered in Poland a few years ago.

Returning a little closer to Yemen, similar...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th August 2019, 01:40 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 14,336
Posted By Iain
These hilt styles, often made with cast parts and...

These hilt styles, often made with cast parts and a "cuff" extension over the blade are part of a larger family with roots in central Asia. Similar hilts can be seen on reliefs documented in Bishapur...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd August 2019, 08:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 800
Posted By Iain
An interesting piece, as Ed has alluded to this...

An interesting piece, as Ed has alluded to this is very much a collection if differing elements.

The hilt style is found on daggers in areas like Dongola and Kordafan. The silver is a reused...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2019, 10:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 817
Posted By Iain
You will find some rust under the dark patches...

You will find some rust under the dark patches for sure. By the way Edster is the author of the article series on kaskara. I agree with the dating.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th July 2019, 11:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 918
Posted By Iain
The others have summed this up quite well, almost...

The others have summed this up quite well, almost certainly a northern Italian blade of the late 16th century.

I think this likely had a guard at some point, however it still remains one of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2019, 06:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 791
Posted By Iain
Depending on the geometry and steel quality it...

Depending on the geometry and steel quality it would certainly be a possibility. These older blades generally have a very gentle lenticular cross section after the fuller, newer ones new seem to be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th July 2019, 05:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 791
Posted By Iain
The hilt I'm confident is 18 or early 19th...

The hilt I'm confident is 18 or early 19th century work.

The blade likely came into the North African Ottoman sphere very early via alexandria. I would guess in the 16th century where it remained....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th July 2019, 02:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 791
Posted By Iain
Nice takouba with 16th century blade

This was acquired for a friend, so I have been documenting it. Nothing we haven't discussed before, but a very nice blade with running wolf and cross and orb with original latten corresponding to the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st July 2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,628
Posted By Iain
Agreed, I have always thought these were poured,...

Agreed, I have always thought these were poured, rather than using the latten method.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st July 2019, 10:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,628
Posted By Iain
There is no doubt in my mind the marks were...

There is no doubt in my mind the marks were applied within Germany. Keep in mind that we are talking about a process which involved a lot of manual labor still, marks were not invariably struck to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th June 2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,628
Posted By Iain
Yes, its a genuine Kull, the copper fills I think...

Yes, its a genuine Kull, the copper fills I think were done locally as I've seen the same blade in takouba mounts without the fills but usually kaskara have them.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th May 2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,174
Posted By Iain
Hi Jim, one of the struggles I find is that a...

Hi Jim, one of the struggles I find is that a small set of examples with certain features is always the most well known, usually the ones publically exhibited. This leads to a case of naturally being...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th May 2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,174
Posted By Iain
Hi Jim, This mark is rather obscure to have been...

Hi Jim,

This mark is rather obscure to have been an attempt to raise value in my opinion. The volumes of blades marked in this manner I think would have been very low. Disregarding the 'cross & orb'...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,174
Posted By Iain
Hi Jim, based on my experience this definitely is...

Hi Jim, based on my experience this definitely is not locally applied and is consistent with European engraving. Of course I could be wrong! But I would be very surprised!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2019, 05:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,174
Posted By Iain
Hi Teodor, Something in that range seems very...

Hi Teodor,

Something in that range seems very likely, at least 16th id say. I'm not aware of the motif cropping up as a blade mark after.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2019, 12:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,174
Posted By Iain
Interesting takouba with encircled cross mark

This is going to a good friend, but I managed to take a few pics today. While the hilt is a nice Hausa or Nupe brass one, with very complete scabbard and 19th century, the blade is the special part,...
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