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Forum: European Armoury 24th October 2017, 01:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 590
Posted By Helleri
Sounds like a bit more work for $20-$30 (which I...

Sounds like a bit more work for $20-$30 (which I don't even know if the guy would take) than I want to put in for the return given all the other projects I have going atm. And not something I'm...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th October 2017, 01:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 697
Posted By Helleri
Do not oil or WD40 old leather. IF you WD40 the...

Do not oil or WD40 old leather. IF you WD40 the leather you will never get rid of the odor and any thing like mineral spirits or vegetable oil can crack old leather as it dries back out, as can WD40...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2017, 10:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 630
Posted By Helleri
Yeah I'm just spit-balling. Part of which is the...

Yeah I'm just spit-balling. Part of which is the consideration that it may not be from Africa originally. Even if shipped to someone from there or bought by someone while over that way. It doesn't...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2017, 05:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 630
Posted By Helleri
Not a spear head for sure. It's a little long to...

Not a spear head for sure. It's a little long to be a butt cap/counter balance. Likely some sort of ahlspiess (missing a disc guard) or javelin?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2017, 04:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,046
Posted By Helleri
While the scabbard is most definitely crocodile...

While the scabbard is most definitely crocodile hide (looks to be side of lower back). The hide on the handle and guard is most likely monitor lizard (probably from the neck and leg of a Savannah...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2017, 04:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,296
Posted By Helleri
I like it. That sudden jag could dome someone...

I like it. That sudden jag could dome someone efficiently with a mace like blow. And the way it changes the angle of the business part of the blade in downward draw cutting looks to be more ideal for...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd October 2017, 03:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 590
Posted By Helleri
It had a thick even layer of oxidization on it in...

It had a thick even layer of oxidization on it in the area of the ricasso. Any marks beyond the slug would have taken some cream of tartar and a good deal of soft scrubbing to get down to. Did a mod...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd October 2017, 05:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 621
Posted By Helleri
Okay this has got to be one of the single most...

Okay this has got to be one of the single most fascinating pieces I've ever seen. What it looks like is a knife that one flips around to be used as a revolver. My thought is that it's a late...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd October 2017, 04:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 590
Posted By Helleri
Seen at flea market

Guy wanted $50 for it. I didn't know what it was (beyond it being a sabre), the handle had damage/missing pieces, and it had no scabbard. So I passed. He did ask for me to make him an offer. But I...
Forum: European Armoury 8th September 2017, 10:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,167
Posted By Helleri
Look at the character spacing. IGEN are...

Look at the character spacing. IGEN are consistently spaced more or less. But between M and E. As well as between E and I. There is noticeably larger spacing. That would suggest a loss of discernible...
Forum: European Armoury 8th September 2017, 09:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 613
Posted By Helleri
Museums want to expand like churches want a new...

Museums want to expand like churches want a new roof. Better for them in theory than in practice. Something to add here is if one does lend an item to a museum. If it's anything of any substantial...
Forum: European Armoury 4th September 2017, 06:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 613
Posted By Helleri
Don't know enough about that to help with the...

Don't know enough about that to help with the mark. But I will say. Don't donate it. If you do it will go on display most likely for a while then at some later point get shoved in box and shelved...
Forum: European Armoury 4th September 2017, 06:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,167
Posted By Helleri
Played a lot with contrast, brightness, values,...

Played a lot with contrast, brightness, values, and levels in GIMP. Can't be certain. But I think the word on the left is Meigen....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd September 2017, 12:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,089
Posted By Helleri
I think you mean gold-tone. Gold is 99.8%...

I think you mean gold-tone. Gold is 99.8% chemically inert. True gold does not tarnish or rust under normal circumstances (it pretty much takes a laboratory). A gold coin in burnt and salted earth...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd September 2017, 11:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 630
Posted By Helleri
As a leather worker I concur. Tails make...

As a leather worker I concur. Tails make excellent seamless scabbards and people have been using them for just that all over the world and all throughout history.

However with that comes a caution....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd September 2017, 11:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 759
Posted By Helleri
Out of curiosity. Regarding the engravings. If...

Out of curiosity. Regarding the engravings. If you look very closely does it appear like the marks that made it are scalloped; Smooth; Or a series of very small indentation, very close together?
Forum: European Armoury 2nd September 2017, 11:19 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,969
Posted By Helleri
It's still useful. I've used it several dozen...

It's still useful. I've used it several dozen times to identify characters I don't recognize. No one is going to be translating anything that is at all nuanced with it. But it's good place to start...
Forum: European Armoury 31st August 2017, 02:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 946
Posted By Helleri
It's a Swivel Gun (by the looks of it 18th c....

It's a Swivel Gun (by the looks of it 18th c. french naval if authentic). A small caliber anti-personnel cannon (sometimes musket) primarily for warships and merchant vessels. An old bronze one like...
Forum: European Armoury 31st August 2017, 01:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,027
Posted By Helleri
You said there are no marking on the sword or...

You said there are no marking on the sword or scabbard that would tell you who made it. Is that typical of these?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th August 2017, 07:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,514
Posted By Helleri
That would be Pentagonal :P

That would be Pentagonal :P
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th August 2017, 12:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,514
Posted By Helleri
I believe the hilt and scabbard work is done in...

I believe the hilt and scabbard work is done in nickle-silver. True silver tends to tarnish with a much wider range of hues (dependent on chemical exposure over time and alloying). Whereas this only...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th August 2017, 11:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,187
Posted By Helleri
As usual I don't know much about the blade in...

As usual I don't know much about the blade in question itself. I've only observations and what those observations might suggest to offer:

1) The scabbard is ornately decorated on both sides.

While...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th August 2017, 09:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,642
Posted By Helleri
Can't hardly see that first blade. I took the...

Can't hardly see that first blade. I took the image to GIMP and applied contrast mask and some mild sharpening.

http://i.imgur.com/PrPB8W2.jpg
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd August 2017, 09:09 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,608
Posted By Helleri
I like using cardboard edge/corner reinforcement...

I like using cardboard edge/corner reinforcement for objects that are significantly heavier and hard than a box they would be shipped or moved in.

http://i.imgur.com/pBRnpwJ.jpg
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd August 2017, 07:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 645
Posted By Helleri
Options I can think of: 1) Reline the gun case...

Options I can think of:

1) Reline the gun case (top and bottom) with egg carton foam. Don't worry about recessing a space for it. Just close the case on it with the new foam in place. It will...
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