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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2014, 11:08 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Interesting question Spiral. I thing you are...

Interesting question Spiral. I thing you are right, there is a good deal of latitude in the perspective of the study of arms, and of course much of it has to do with perception. There are many...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2014, 05:52 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Exactly :) Please read my post #14.

Exactly :) Please read my post #14.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2014, 06:58 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Kubur, exquisite blade of late 18th into 19th c....

Kubur, exquisite blade of late 18th into 19th c. with Cassignard (Nantes) style decorative motif. It is always outstanding to find these kinds of vintage blades in these Manding sabres, which indeed...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2014, 03:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 490
Posted By Jim McDougall
You bet Dave! That is what we do here, and while...

You bet Dave! That is what we do here, and while research is often slow, it is always good to see threads from some time ago reopened with new data. These threads are archives which always remain...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2014, 03:27 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,528
Posted By Jim McDougall
From "Oriental Armour", H. Russell...

From "Oriental Armour", H. Russell Robinson, 1967, p.124:
"...closer imitation of Spanish armour was achieved in the Moro brass helmets which were frequently cast in sections and joined together by...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2014, 01:51 AM
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Views: 665
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Sajen, and I liked the perfectly placed...

Thank you Sajen, and I liked the perfectly placed suggestion you noted in the comparison of these kinds of examples, nicely said.:)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2014, 01:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 490
Posted By Jim McDougall
WOW! Those are superb examples Dave! Thank you so...

WOW! Those are superb examples Dave! Thank you so much!
These show pretty much what I mean about symbolism, and often these configurations are applied by tribesmen themselves as well as by local...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th September 2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 490
Posted By Jim McDougall
What I always find intriguing is that even 20th...

What I always find intriguing is that even 20th century examples of Sudanese daggers often carry various crudely inscribed markings, and often in these linear fashion groupings. It seems compelling...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th September 2014, 04:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 665
Posted By Jim McDougall
North Africa has been a vast commercial entrepot...

North Africa has been a vast commercial entrepot well into ancient times, and the complex networks of caravan routes have been long established.
Colonization also adds to the complexity of trade, as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th September 2014, 04:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 398
Posted By Jim McDougall
Extremely well said!!! Patination on historic...

Extremely well said!!!
Patination on historic weapons is effectively history itself emblazoned onto the weapon itself. It is of course prudent to remove and stabilize any active rust or corrosion,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 336
Posted By Jim McDougall
It is always exciting to see items with...

It is always exciting to see items with interesting provenance, and as this is indeed a European percussion pistol the fact that it ended up in China of course immediately sends thought to Boxer...
Forum: European Armoury 18th September 2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,477
Posted By Jim McDougall
Gav, This interesting basket hilt seems pretty...

Gav,
This interesting basket hilt seems pretty composite to me, and as you have well observed, there are indications of a previous langet presence as seen on khanda (firangi). This well worn old...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th September 2014, 10:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 385
Posted By Jim McDougall
This is indeed an anomaly, and as been well...

This is indeed an anomaly, and as been well observed, the guard pattern of the hilt remarkably favors the British M1853 cavalry sabre. As noted, the scabbard seems entirely Saharan with the central...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 538
Posted By Jim McDougall
Interesting piece Teodor, though it is not...

Interesting piece Teodor, though it is not technically a spadroon, which is yet another of those contrived sword terms which have more to do with fashion than actual form.
The type of military...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd September 2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,249
Posted By Jim McDougall
Colin, I would like the thank you so much for the...

Colin, I would like the thank you so much for the very kind acknowledgement of my efforts on this axe You are a true gentleman, Sir.
I also appreciate the opportunity offered by your posting of your...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th August 2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,249
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Richard for adding this! I would not...

Thank you Richard for adding this!
I would not have thought of an axe like this as a utilitarian implement, but your entry certainly adds new dimension to this topic......not to mention returning to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th August 2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,432
Posted By Jim McDougall
I think Alan has perfectly responded to this...

I think Alan has perfectly responded to this discourse, which has been really fascinating and informative despite the red herring route initially. This was due to the misleading moniker with which...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th August 2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,249
Posted By Jim McDougall
I appreciate the response to at least this part...

I appreciate the response to at least this part of my post. As Andrew has noted, often attached images after time disappear from threads, and as I have indicated, the text included loses a great deal...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th August 2014, 06:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,249
Posted By Jim McDougall
Interesting and most salient point, the use of...

Interesting and most salient point, the use of certain specific terms for various weapon forms is indeed a slippery slope in the study of ethnographic arms. Much of this is the result of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th August 2014, 07:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,249
Posted By Jim McDougall
This intriguing axe shown by Colin has had me...

This intriguing axe shown by Colin has had me struggling for days through notes etc. as this curious motif is so familiar, yet as I found, so elusive.
There are interesting clues however in the...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd August 2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 628
Posted By Jim McDougall
Brilliant Eljay!!!! You never lose your touch!!!!...

Brilliant Eljay!!!! You never lose your touch!!!! I forgot that reference altogether.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th August 2014, 05:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 699
Posted By Jim McDougall
I just posted new information on this thread on...

I just posted new information on this thread on the European forum.. please cross reference.

The information I added I believe adds compelling evidence this may indeed be a Solingen blade and...
Forum: European Armoury 20th August 2014, 03:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 476
Posted By Jim McDougall
I have always said, the depth of text and...

I have always said, the depth of text and footnotes in everything written by Robert Elgood is a virtual arms and armour goldmine!

From his 1994, "Arms and Armour of Arabia":
p.25:
"...P.Knecht (of...
Forum: European Armoury 19th August 2014, 03:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 902
Posted By Jim McDougall
OK you band of merry hysterical movie buffs!!!...

OK you band of merry hysterical movie buffs!!! Yes Oliver, it is all coming back to me!!! the sacred words....the shrubbery, and of course those trusty English steeds into battle!!!:)
These classics...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th August 2014, 03:19 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,227
Posted By Jim McDougall
Again, to return to James' katar from the...

Again, to return to James' katar from the original post, it is an austere but extremely attractive example of what I would consider a Vijayanagara katar, as Robert Elgood shows on p.145 ("Hindu Arms...
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