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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th April 2020, 05:42 PM
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Posted By roanoa
Ethiopian sword. Where is it?

Greetings. I saw this swords years ago. It ended up in Tony Tirri's book. After Tony's sad passing, his collection got dispersed. Does anyone know where this sword may have ended up?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th April 2020, 07:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,225
Posted By roanoa
Not sure. I believe I saw a reference a while...

Not sure. I believe I saw a reference a while back to that effect. Here is a picture I found on line of the same hilt but different blade.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th April 2020, 01:41 PM
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Views: 1,225
Posted By roanoa
Hi, Martin. I have seen 3 or 4 so far of swords...

Hi, Martin. I have seen 3 or 4 so far of swords with one of the languettes marked like this. Also found a couple with the G.G. marking. The common one is the letter M in the Amharic alphabet. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th April 2020, 01:32 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,325
Posted By roanoa
There are more tigers in the USA than in India!

There are more tigers in the USA than in India!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th April 2020, 05:23 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,325
Posted By roanoa
Can we have a close up picture of the ricasso? ...

Can we have a close up picture of the ricasso? Is there a "star" stamp?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd January 2020, 09:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,210
Posted By roanoa
I do not think there is anything wrong with the...

I do not think there is anything wrong with the blade being a little off the axis. Mine is the same. It's just the design. The filigree work is superb. Decorations for shields, swords and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd January 2020, 09:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,084
Posted By roanoa
Great pictures. Thanks.

Great pictures. Thanks.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st January 2020, 08:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,084
Posted By roanoa
Beja shield with battle scars

Love this shield. If it could talk.... It seems it has seen a lot of action!! There are two large repairs. The cuts have been stapled back together. Sword slash and a spear thrust?? There are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st December 2019, 05:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,210
Posted By roanoa
Amazing. I have seen Beja/Hadendoa daggers with...

Amazing. I have seen Beja/Hadendoa daggers with silver wire wrapping and rosettes, but never one like this!!! The wood looks reddish, but is hard to find a piece of ebony this size completely black....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th September 2019, 02:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,294
Posted By roanoa
Well, on July 2007 I posted a discussion on the...

Well, on July 2007 I posted a discussion on the subject under: Ethiopian scabbard: to fake or not to fake. Check it out. Ron
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th June 2019, 03:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,473
Posted By roanoa
Thanks, Kubur. I thought the "mini...

Thanks, Kubur. I thought the "mini gile" would attract a few comments.... You are right, of course: the gile is a weapon (big knife or short sword). And this one is neither. Why would a utility...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th June 2019, 03:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,473
Posted By roanoa
MINI GILE

I just found this super "cute" Gile. It is only 10" long with a 6" blade. The handle, however, is fairly long. Same length of a full size Gile. So, I assume, it was made for an adult and not a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2019, 07:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,571
Posted By roanoa
MY BAD..... I guess I should have posted...

MY BAD..... I guess I should have posted measurements. The blade is neither 1796 British not 1811 Blucher. It is much lighter. All light cavalry swords (hussar type) look pretty much the same,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th March 2019, 07:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,571
Posted By roanoa
Ethiopian sword/spanish blade

Picked up this sword with an interesting blade. It is German made (Solingen) by Schnitt??? & Kirschbaum. Writhing is in Spanish which, I suppose, means that it was made for a Spanish speaking...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th March 2019, 09:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,347
Posted By roanoa
OK. SEIF (SAIF) = DOUBLE EDGED STRAIGHT...

OK.
SEIF (SAIF) = DOUBLE EDGED STRAIGHT BLADE
GURADE (GORADE) = CURVED BLADE (USUALLY SINGLE EDGE)
SHOTEL = DOUBLE EDGED SICKLE SHAPED

Nothing to do with shape of hilt or material. European "D"...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th March 2019, 05:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,347
Posted By roanoa
Of course your sword is a REAL fighting sword. ...

Of course your sword is a REAL fighting sword. The blade is probably from a "recycled" hussar (light cavalry) blade. The hole in the grip does not weaken it in any way. Virtually every single...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th March 2019, 02:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,347
Posted By roanoa
Well, here is the drawing that I posted a few...

Well, here is the drawing that I posted a few years back. It's a BAD drawing, but I think it offers a good explanation.....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th March 2019, 08:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,347
Posted By roanoa
The "hole" is typical of grips made...

The "hole" is typical of grips made from large "cow" horns. The cow and buffalo horns are sheaths covering a bone. When removed from the skull the horns are hollow. The cavity ends where the horn...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th March 2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,039
Posted By roanoa
Martin, I like your sense of humor.... I doubt,...

Martin, I like your sense of humor.... I doubt, though, that too many people would even know about the AGIP lion, which, of course, has SIX legs....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th February 2019, 04:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,892
Posted By roanoa
Martin. Look what I found on line... Just the...

Martin. Look what I found on line... Just the picture, not the "belt" for sale (too bad). Has been identified as "belt".......
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th February 2019, 07:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,539
Posted By roanoa
Well, I was waiting to see the sword (German?),...

Well, I was waiting to see the sword (German?), but since Martin jumped the gun.... Here it is. Martin is correct. It is the name of one of the major importer of weaponry in Ethiopia. Muhammed Ali...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th February 2019, 02:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,892
Posted By roanoa
Ethiopian belt??

A while back I acquired an Ethiopian "BELT". Very fine piece. As soon as I received I realized that it was not a belt. Too short, no strap and buckle, and the central piece was not articulated so...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th February 2019, 12:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,539
Posted By roanoa
Waiting to see the whole blade, I will venture to...

Waiting to see the whole blade, I will venture to say that this line appears right below the portrait of Menelik II? I have found it in both straight and curved European blades.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th January 2019, 01:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,022
Posted By roanoa
The shield is 100% Abyssinian, which is not...

The shield is 100% Abyssinian, which is not surprising. Here is an almost identical one kept in an English museum (forgot which one). If it were not for some minor differences, one could think that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th January 2019, 02:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,253
Posted By roanoa
OK. Bakelite it is. Now, here is a couple of...

OK. Bakelite it is. Now, here is a couple of pictures of a SPECIAL Voos blade....
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