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Forum: European Armoury Today, 03:55 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Surely an anomaly. Charles Reeves is believed to...

Surely an anomaly.
Charles Reeves is believed to have begun with partner Joseph Greaves in 1829. While the blade marking is inconsistent with the manner of stamping blades at this time...usually on...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 09:36 PM
Replies: 30
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Yes.....should have added the title.

Yes.....should have added the title.
Forum: European Armoury 11th October 2018, 09:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 268
Posted By Jim McDougall
BV, A very nice example of these cavalry sabres...

BV,
A very nice example of these cavalry sabres which are getting to be harder to find.
If you collect British cavalry swords you might consider "Swords of the British Army" by Brian Robson which was...
Forum: European Armoury 9th October 2018, 02:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 486
Posted By Jim McDougall
With these kinds of sword finds, I always hope...

With these kinds of sword finds, I always hope for further discussion as to better classification and period to join with the sound provenance of its location of discovery. The speculations as to how...
Forum: European Armoury 8th October 2018, 03:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 484
Posted By Jim McDougall
Nicely researched Mark, and reflects the years of...

Nicely researched Mark, and reflects the years of material archived here and many places online. While very 'old school' and still drawn to my books, there is so much data online continually...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 851
Posted By Jim McDougall
Jens, This is a fascinating topic and while not...

Jens,
This is a fascinating topic and while not always conducive to weapon study per se' it does represent well the warriors who used these arms in battle. In many cases, particularly it seems in...
Forum: European Armoury 11th September 2018, 09:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 596
Posted By Jim McDougall
Cap'n Mark.......stay safe my friend, batten them...

Cap'n Mark.......stay safe my friend, batten them hatches. Hoping all will be OK with that big'n looming off the coast.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th September 2018, 03:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,016
Posted By Jim McDougall
I just wanted to echo the congratulations,...

I just wanted to echo the congratulations, appreciation and respect to Ed for this outstanding work on the conundrums of the kaskara, which actually preempted Reed in JAAS (1987) and held material...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd August 2018, 06:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 789
Posted By Jim McDougall
I cannot express the sadness in the passing of...

I cannot express the sadness in the passing of this true Southern gentleman, whom along with Jens I have known for many years in communications. While his entries were not prolific, his contributions...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd July 2018, 03:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 946
Posted By Jim McDougall
While I cannot comment on the rarity of this...

While I cannot comment on the rarity of this example of the weapons termed 'throwing knives' in Central to East African regions, it is a very attractive one. It seems that while there are certain...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th June 2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,178
Posted By Jim McDougall
I think avoiding the name game is advisable, as...

I think avoiding the name game is advisable, as has been noted, these type blades (i.e. stabbing, thrusting, armor piercing etc.) have been known in various countries and cultures. As with blades of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2018, 06:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,178
Posted By Jim McDougall
The good thing about Tirri's book is that its a...

The good thing about Tirri's book is that its a great collectors handbook, and shows examples of a wide spectrum of weapons that typically come up in sales etc. This is one of the anomalies in that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2018, 03:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,042
Posted By Jim McDougall
That is an extremely well placed question, which...

That is an extremely well placed question, which has come up many times.I think the explanation is in degree as complex, but in the short version.....it is trade that is the conduit which brought the...
Forum: European Armoury 18th June 2018, 05:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,858
Posted By Jim McDougall
Hi Bryce, It remains a mystery, the actual...

Hi Bryce,
It remains a mystery, the actual purpose or meanings of these capital letters at the forte in these blades.
Bezdek ("Swords & Sword Makers of England and Scotland", 2003) notes on p.32 that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2018, 02:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,009
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Victrix :) As noted, heavy polishing...

Thank you Victrix :)

As noted, heavy polishing does take is toll over many years, and a high polish was always favored on blades as well as dramatic sharpness of course.
The plate I posted was to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2018, 05:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,009
Posted By Jim McDougall
I forgot to add this plate of the FRINGIA,...

I forgot to add this plate of the FRINGIA, FRINDIA etc markings on European blades which reveal the wide variation and deviation which occurred in using them. The breakdown in lettering in this...
Forum: European Armoury 14th June 2018, 04:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,858
Posted By Jim McDougall
I have been watching this thread with great...

I have been watching this thread with great interest, fascinating topic, one which has been largely overlooked by most writers and resources over the years. It seems that Andrew Mowbray was one of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2018, 03:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,009
Posted By Jim McDougall
It is my impression that this is plausibly a...

It is my impression that this is plausibly a European blade which probably came from Styrian context. The reason this marking has 'Genoan' character is that these centers were highly influenced by...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th January 2018, 01:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 947
Posted By Jim McDougall
BOOK REVIEW" "RAJPUT ARMS & ARMOR" ROBERT ELGOOD

There have recently been a number of queries here regarding Indian arms, which of course are most often tulwars, and frankly a good number of these are actually Rajput. One of the most common...
Forum: European Armoury 1st December 2017, 12:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,323
Posted By Jim McDougall
touche' :)

touche' :)
Forum: European Armoury 30th November 2017, 05:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,323
Posted By Jim McDougall
Now THAT would be an interesting, but far too...

Now THAT would be an interesting, but far too philosophical topic to attempt here, as there are certainly countless perceptions as seen differently by as many people. I do understand the point of the...
Forum: European Armoury 30th November 2017, 05:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,323
Posted By Jim McDougall
Ibrahiim, thank you very much for the addendum on...

Ibrahiim, thank you very much for the addendum on poor D'Anthes, who was really a victim of this distorted 'honor' syndrome. Pushkin really sought reasons to call persons out over ridiculous notions...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th November 2017, 04:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,129
Posted By Jim McDougall
Really guys, I think the absence of mod...

Really guys, I think the absence of mod intervention is mostly patient abstinence hoping you guys who seem at odds can maturely resolve these contentions.
I saw this and could only think of that 60s...
Forum: European Armoury 29th November 2017, 08:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,323
Posted By Jim McDougall
This truly is an interesting aspect of arms...

This truly is an interesting aspect of arms study, that of dueling, and I sincerely hope it is a permissible topic for discussion, as it does attend to the actual use of a weapon rather than its...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2017, 02:44 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,127
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you for this excellent explanation...

Thank you for this excellent explanation Ariel!
For metallurgy Neanderthals like me its great to have this kind of insight given that I can really grasp.
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