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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 09:35 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Hi Bob Looks like no takers on this so I'll...

Hi Bob
Looks like no takers on this so I'll venture an idea. I don't think this is any sort of a proto-kora as those as a weapon form seem to have evolved quite some time ago in the Indian sword...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 05:19 PM
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Views: 362
Posted By Jim McDougall
Which I think secures authenticity rather than...

Which I think secures authenticity rather than possibility of 19th c repro.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 05:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,005
Posted By Jim McDougall
You hit it spot on Bob!!! Im still the same...

You hit it spot on Bob!!! Im still the same little kid that over 60 years ago watched swashbuckling pirate movies in awe. I never could have imagined that years later I would be handling and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 03:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,005
Posted By Jim McDougall
This are excellent explanations Bob and Robert!!...

This are excellent explanations Bob and Robert!! and as I noted, fantastic for than well versed firearms persons such as myself. I have always thought ballistics and forensics in these kinds of...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 03:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 362
Posted By Jim McDougall
Totally agree, the narrow blade would be exactly...

Totally agree, the narrow blade would be exactly perfect to spike a gun out of service, and while that seems a kind of a 'narrow' purpose to call for an entire weapon instead of just a simple rod or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 01:00 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,005
Posted By Jim McDougall
Now thats some impressive forensics Robert!!!...

Now thats some impressive forensics Robert!!! What you say seems very true, though I am far from being any expert on this kind of stuff. What I do know is that one of the biggest dilemmas in many...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 12:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 182
Posted By Jim McDougall
On the scabbard I'd have to defer as the entire...

On the scabbard I'd have to defer as the entire assembly and rehilting of old blade is pretty modern. With these kinds of adjustments its best left to those familiar with modern souvenir items in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2019, 10:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 182
Posted By Jim McDougall
This is thuluth script which was placed on...

This is thuluth script which was placed on Sudanese weapons during the rule of the Caliph in the Mahdiyya post 1885, and pre Omdurman (1898). These inscriptions were acid etched invocations and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2019, 10:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 267
Posted By Jim McDougall
Actually many of the M1796 blades for officers...

Actually many of the M1796 blades for officers sabres were often much smaller than the troopers versions, I once had an Osborn officers sabre which had a blade of about 29". It was quite a contrast...
Forum: European Armoury 19th March 2019, 09:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 362
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Fernando! This is a great entry from...

Thank you Fernando! This is a great entry from Oakeshott I was not aware of, and did not know the term fusetto.

Much of the material I had was from Marcello Terenzi, , "Gunners Daggers' in Arms &...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2019, 06:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 423
Posted By Jim McDougall
Well noted Richard, and these stamps are...

Well noted Richard, and these stamps are consistent with British produced blades of second half 19th c. and in the manner of tool type products.
It does seem the three fuller pattern so consistent...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2019, 06:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 267
Posted By Jim McDougall
Excellent and perfect illustration!!! Thank you....

Excellent and perfect illustration!!! Thank you. Thomas Craven was one of the early makers of both 1796 light and heavy cavalry blades.
Forum: European Armoury 19th March 2019, 06:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 362
Posted By Jim McDougall
The story of the 'gunners dagger' is a curious...

The story of the 'gunners dagger' is a curious and mysterious one, as we have uncovered in past discussions. Apparently the stiletto evolved from the earlier types of misercorde, narrow thrusting...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 423
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you for my ordainment Kubur!!! :) and for...

Thank you for my ordainment Kubur!!! :) and for the support in my 'sermon'.
As has often been noted, British blades surely did find circulation in many unusual places, and Africa was of course...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 267
Posted By Jim McDougall
You are quite right Midelburgo, and I thank you...

You are quite right Midelburgo, and I thank you for noting this and prompting a second look here......this blade may indeed have a far more interesting history than I had estimated. It comes from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2019, 12:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 423
Posted By Jim McDougall
Actually British blades were not of especially...

Actually British blades were not of especially high repute overall until Wilkinson advanced the quality just after mid 19th c. Even then there was always the ever present 'duel' with Solingen, and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th March 2019, 08:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 423
Posted By Jim McDougall
As far as I have known, these triple fuller...

As far as I have known, these triple fuller blades were Solingen products and used for machetes but found naval use of course as well (why they are shown in Gilkerson, "Boarders Away". Solingen, was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th March 2019, 08:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 267
Posted By Jim McDougall
Interesting attempt at script on this one, an...

Interesting attempt at script on this one, an amalgam of in Solingen then in Alemania (=same thing) then Fabrica etc.
This is a M1796 British cavalry blade with spurious inscription which seems odd...
Forum: European Armoury 15th March 2019, 06:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 773
Posted By Jim McDougall
"Murky waters'! Mark, a perfect simile for...

"Murky waters'! Mark, a perfect simile for trying to better understand these maritime mystery swords.
The article Jasper posted is actually quite brilliant, one of the best I have seen addressing...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th March 2019, 09:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 335
Posted By Jim McDougall
Perfect!!! :) Thanks Ron!

Perfect!!! :) Thanks Ron!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th March 2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 335
Posted By Jim McDougall
Ron, I notice that you note the terms for...

Ron, I notice that you note the terms for Ethiopian swords in tandem gurade/shotel/saif and I recall not too long ago you pretty much clarified the proper terminology. Could you reiterate?

I had...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th March 2019, 08:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,005
Posted By Jim McDougall
Once again, very nice exchange gentlemen!! on...

Once again, very nice exchange gentlemen!! on this barong type, and this is a great illustration of how genuine weapon forms inspire 'commercial' enterprise (=tourist) items. Xasterix' detailed and...
Forum: European Armoury 14th March 2019, 08:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 259
Posted By Jim McDougall
Samuel, Im glad you posted this and gave us the...

Samuel, Im glad you posted this and gave us the opportunity to discuss it here. Thank you for the kind note, and Fernando and I have been 'at the fence' (study of cuphilts, not the back yard...
Forum: European Armoury 14th March 2019, 07:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 773
Posted By Jim McDougall
Interesting information on hallmarked silver...

Interesting information on hallmarked silver Norman!

I agree Mark, this article really is well presented, and sort of steers toward probable reality from the 'Hollywood' versions of these times. I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th March 2019, 03:15 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,005
Posted By Jim McDougall
This is an excellent itemization of a 'tourist'...

This is an excellent itemization of a 'tourist' grade item vs. the authentic form and I do hope it is viewed as constructive as intended. That was the goal of this thread. Extremely interesting...
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