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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th December 2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 15
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Posted By colin henshaw
Good-looking swords. The metal has that grey,...

Good-looking swords. The metal has that grey, softish look of native-smelted iron...is this a likelihood ?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd December 2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 425
Posted By colin henshaw
Thanks to those who commented on this piece....

Thanks to those who commented on this piece. Looks to be definitely from Yemen.
Wondering whether to clean the silver a bit, or maybe its best to leave it alone...any recommendations ?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 454
Posted By colin henshaw
The larger bamboo tube item and darts is a Dayak...

The larger bamboo tube item and darts is a Dayak blowpipe quiver. The basket probably also Dayak. Regarding the smaller bamboo tube and spatula, my guess is this either a lime container and spoon for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2014, 03:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 425
Posted By colin henshaw
Islamic bullet pouch ?

Hi

Can anyone help to identify this item. Made of embossed silver over leather, good workmanship, seems of Islamic design. Could it be for holding bullets or similar ? From Afghanistan or North West...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd November 2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 379
Posted By colin henshaw
A fine club - congratulations.

A fine club - congratulations.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 484
Posted By colin henshaw
I read somewhere that those semi-circular...

I read somewhere that those semi-circular markings seen on Aboriginal items, represent either native huts or campfires...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th November 2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 526
Posted By colin henshaw
Great collection - thanks for posting !

Great collection - thanks for posting !
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2014, 10:04 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,582
Posted By colin henshaw
Interestingly, this type of knife also appears on...

Interestingly, this type of knife also appears on the National Museum of Scotland website, as coming from Malawi. H'mm, perhaps a rethink is required...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th November 2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,582
Posted By colin henshaw
A small piece of interest on this subject (though...

A small piece of interest on this subject (though perhaps not very relevant) - the famous African guide to several European 19th century explorers - "Sidi Mubarak Bombay" was a Yao tribesman. He...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,582
Posted By colin henshaw
I don't see any way these knives could have been...

I don't see any way these knives could have been made in Sub-Saharan Africa. Maybe some made their way to East Africa from the Indian sub-continent, either as gifts to native chiefs, or trade items...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 462
Posted By colin henshaw
Anyone have some ideas about these pieces ?

Anyone have some ideas about these pieces ?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 629
Posted By colin henshaw
I would attribute the following :- No. 1 -...

I would attribute the following :-

No. 1 - Northern Nigeria/Cameroon
No. 2 - Somalia/Horn of Africa
No. 4 - Somalia/Horn of Africa
No. 7 - Northern Nigeria/Cameroon

Regarding the others, please...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd November 2014, 08:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 428
Posted By colin henshaw
An interesting and amusing piece of social...

An interesting and amusing piece of social commentary for the period, thanks for posting.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st November 2014, 10:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 521
Posted By colin henshaw
Looks like a genuine old example, Tim. ...

Looks like a genuine old example, Tim. Congratulations, a pity about the accidental damage to the leather.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 1st November 2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 950
Posted By colin henshaw
My guess is its for removing arrows or bullets...

My guess is its for removing arrows or bullets from the body, which would explain the concave inner section to the jaws, also the pointed tips to the jaws. The small spear-like blade to the handle...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th October 2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 673
Posted By colin henshaw
Hi RSWORD If you just google "congo...

Hi RSWORD

If you just google "congo spears" you will find some images showing faceted wood and metal. I tried to copy some images to post, but didn't seem to work...

The iron sleeve to your piece...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th October 2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 413
Posted By colin henshaw
Looks like fun, thanks for posting !

Looks like fun, thanks for posting !
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th October 2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 462
Posted By colin henshaw
Two unusual African knives with brass hilts

These are a recent acquisition. I've seen knives occasionally from West Africa with brass/bronze hilts, but not this type. One seems to be a Sudan arm dagger and the other an East/Central African...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th October 2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 673
Posted By colin henshaw
The faceted wood and brass upholstery nails seem...

The faceted wood and brass upholstery nails seem to indicate Congolese origin.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th October 2014, 09:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 552
Posted By colin henshaw
Nice club. I've seen this type once or twice...

Nice club. I've seen this type once or twice before, sometimes described as Hawaii or elsewhere Oceanic. My own feeling is that a South American source should be considered (Brazil/Guyana). That...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 290
Posted By colin henshaw
According to the book "African Weapons"...

According to the book "African Weapons" by Fischer & Zirngible, this type of knife is from the Tetela and Mbole peoples. Looks like the iron pommel is missing on this example. I'm not sure how...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th October 2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 541
Posted By colin henshaw
Very interesting, thanks for posting. Never heard...

Very interesting, thanks for posting. Never heard of rhino horn having been used as a spear tip before, either in ancient or modern times, but it makes sense. Antelope horn has been used for this...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th October 2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 708
Posted By colin henshaw
From recent personal experience - I used one of...

From recent personal experience - I used one of those "leather dressings" on 19th century cracked and dried leather straps. Did not soften the leather in any way, just made it darker...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 5th October 2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,305
Posted By colin henshaw
I've been puzzling over these vaguely familiar...

I've been puzzling over these vaguely familiar objects... The geometric woodcarving has an East European folk art look. Probably rattles of some sort, maybe processional or bird-scarers ??
Forum: Swap Forum 2nd October 2014, 01:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 604
Posted By colin henshaw
The shield is now withdrawn from sale. Thanks for...

The shield is now withdrawn from sale. Thanks for looking.
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